Shopping centre “Origo” is recognised as the best shopping centre in the Baltics
The “Baltic Real Estate Awards 2021” recognised the shopping centre “Origo” as the best in the Baltic States in 2020. In the competition, real estate experts from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia praised the project’s innovation, design, functionality, efficiency, sustainability, the recognition received from the public and the media, the integration of the facility into the environment and other criteria that contribute to the satisfaction of tenants and visitors.
Andis Kublačovs, Project Director of “Linstow Baltic”: “It is a pleasure to be recognised at the Baltic level as several high-quality real estate projects were implemented in the Baltic States last year. From the beginning of this project, we were convinced that we would succeed in realising the vision of one of the best shopping centres in the Baltics. The criteria that the competition jury considered were essential to us during the implementation of the project. At the heart of it were and still are indicators of human well-being and the sustainability of the project.”
“This award shows that the team involved in the project, including architects, designers, builders and others, has done an excellent job, and with their work have perfectly complemented the construction of the Riga Central Railway Passenger station’s quarter with a modern, innovative, human- and nature-friendly facility,” says Evija Majevska, Commercial Director of “Linstow Baltic” and shopping centre “Origo”.
The awards were presented during the “Baltic Real Estate Investment Forum 2021” in Vilnius on 18-19 November 2021. The winners of the “Baltic Real Estate Awards 2021” contest were selected in five categories: “Best Office & Business Development”, “Best Residential Development”, “Best Shopping Center”, “Best Industrial Project”, and “Best Urban Regeneration Project”.
The category “Best Shopping Center”, the winner of which was the shopping centre “Origo”, was awarded for Baltic region real estate projects, or phases of large projects completed for occupancy during the year 2020 – new, expanded or reconstructed shopping centre, retail park or factory outlet which succeeds in encouraging and retaining traffic, while offering a unique shopper experience through new technologies, services, customer loyalty programmes and architectural features that aim to increase footfall and customer satisfaction.
The “Origo” complex was ranked among the “Best Urban Regeneration Project” finalists. In addition, the business centre “Origo One” was among the finalists in the “Best Office & Business Development” category.
The new “Origo” building in Riga, on Satekles Street 2b, was opened in the spring of 2020. 63 million euros were invested in its construction. Comfortable premises for trade and service providers are located on the first three floors of the “Origo” new building, while the “Origo One” business centre with innovative Class A offices is located on the top three floors of the building. The shopping centre “Origo” offers a wide range of local and international brands and is easily accessible to both those traveling to the city by public transport as well as those by car or bicycle.
The “Origo” expansion project has also received the highest awards in the largest and most significant Latvian construction and sustainability competitions by winning the 1st place in the “Latvian Construction Prize of the Year 2020” in the nomination “New Public Building”, as well as the main prize in the competition organised by the Riga City Architect’s Office – the annual “Riga Architecture 2021” award, as well as received special recognition for the organic, harmonious and multifunctional urban environment in the centre of Riga environmental solution, respecting the requirements of universal design and environmental accessibility. Furthermore, thanks to the sustainable construction solutions chosen for the object, the honourable 1st place in the “Sustainability Construction in Design 2021” category “The Most Sustainable Building” was received, providing a significant contribution and positive impetus to the development of the entire infrastructure of the neighbourhood. The “Origo” expansion project was implemented by the Norwegian real estate development and management company “Linstow Baltic” in cooperation with the main contractor SIA “Skonto Būve” and the designers “PS Arcade” (architect office SIA “DEPO projekts” and SIA “Jensen Consult and Arhis engineers”) and the author of interior design SIA “xcelsior”. The technical supervision of the construction was performed by the company SIA “CMB”, the BREEAM certification was performed by SIA “IB&P konsultācijas” and OÜ “Oxford Sustainable”. The owner of the object is SIA “Attīstības aģentūra” (Linstow AS).