26. März 2012     Print Print 

Multi opens shopping center in Ostrava

Forum New Karolina Shopping and Entertainment Centre, part of an ambitious project; New Karolina, on the area of the former Karolina coking plant in Ostrava, the largest brownfield site in the region, opened to the public last week. The ceremonial opening for journalists and the professional public was attended by the Deputy Mayor of the City of Ostrava, Dalibor Madej, representatives of the developer Multi Development CR, the investor Meyer Bergman, owner of the Forum New Karolina Centre, and many other guests.

The shopping center is the first completed part of phase 1 of one of largest urban development and revitalisation projects in the Czech Republic. Within the total 32 ha site; Multi Development is developing in 4 planned phases a complete extension of the inner-city. Phase 1 consists besides the shopping centre of an office building of 23.000 m² which is a joint venture with Passerinvest and an apartment building of 220 apartments in a joint venture with GEMO. Multi started the project in 2006 after winning the tender issued by the city in 2005.

Forum New Karolina Ostrava Shopping and Entertainment Centre brings, on the area of over 58,000 m², more than 240 shops (C&A, Marks & Spencer, H&M, Intersport, Lindex, New Yorker, Datart, Nike, Esprit and many others). Some brands will appear in the Moravian-Silesian region for the very first time, such as Guess, Starbucks Coffee, Sushi Point restaurant and the Pure fitness centre.

Forum New Karolina is located in the heart of Ostrava, the third largest city in the CR with a catchment area of well over 1 million inhabitants. The unique shopping center is perfectly accessible by public transport (it is located 300m from the Ostrava-Centre Railway Station and the Central Coach Station, near tram and trolley-bus stops) and by car - via exits from roads in the Místecká, Frýdecká or 28. října Streets. Underground parking is available for 1500 hundred cars.

The design for Forum New Karolina is based on a concept of OMA. (Office of Metropolitan Architecture - Rem Koolhaas) The design was further developed by Floris Alkemade (FAA) and Heinreich Bohl and Multi’s inhouse architectural design company T+T Design. The design is based on a combination of 15 individual cubes that are combined by a large glass roof. The last cube is the dome which extends out 12m above the building and will be used for digital and video projections. This combines to create an inner space of surprising and breath-taking spaces and vistas, where large open spaces are combined with comfortable cosy corners and piazzas, bridges over canyons and external terraces with excellent views to the old Vitkovice industrial heritage area.