BBI center before (when it was Sarajka) and after
SARAJEVO, June 20 (FENA) – The BBI Center in Sarajevo and the Sarajevo Canton received the prestigious "Restore Award" for the best shopping center in Europe, awarded by the jury of the International Council of Shopping Centers at the biggest competition of retail outlets in Europe.
The prize is awarded for an exceptional combination of shopping, architecture, design, and contribution to society and the environment in which the center is located.
The Sarajevo Canton earned the award for its active support to the construction of the BBI Center.
Director of BBI Real Estate d.o.o., Sarajevo, owner of the BBI Center, Sead Zivalj said at today's press conference in Sarajevo on his return from Paris that this year more than 30 shopping centers were nominated for the award.
The International Council of Shopping Centers is the largest and most prestigious organization of its kind, with headquarters in New York and around 60.000 members from around the world.
The BBI Center is built entirely by local forces, from the design, construction works, to the commercialization of the center. The investment amounted to 70 million KM and the center opened on 6 April 2009.
The project architect of the BBI Center, Sead Golos said that the award is given for the restoration of urban area in this part of town, the site of a former department store "Sarajka" and that the basic criteria of the jury were financial indicators, the concept of shopping space and organization and architecture.