Nivy mall by HB Reavis combines a shopping mall with a unique brand mix, an international bus terminal, a fresh produce market and a public walkable green rooftop. The cutting-edge project is topped off with an office tower, the tallest in Slovakia.
With 130,000 sqm of GLA, the multifunctional project also has an atrium that leads to a green roof with a half kilometre running track, workout spots and zones for rest and relaxation. In essence, it serves a range of visitors’ needs in one place to become a unique destination where leisure and travel meet business.
The project is part of the Nivy zone in Bratislava, certified with BREEAM Communities at the Excellent level, and it was developed by HB Reavis as a multifunctional modern city district totalling 23 hectares of land in a former (brownfield) area neighbouring Bratislava’s Old Town.
Nivy mall has been gaining popularity since its opening and welcomed almost 330,000 visitors during the first week, 17,000 of whom are already enjoying the Ahoj Nivy! Application with its mix of different features like an additional 1 hour of free parking, special offers, news and gamification perks. Almost 90 percent of the 70,000 sqm shopping centre is now taken, and the mix of stores includes a number of well-known international brands.
Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, has taken 7,000 sqm of the site, almost the size of Wembley Stadium. For the first time, it has all seven of its brands in one mall in Slovakia: Zara, Bershka, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home and Oysho, and the latter two stores are the first of their kind in the country. Furthermore, an almost comprehensive roster of LPP brands is now on-site too, including Reserved, Mohito and Sinsay. Regarding other brands, Nivy mall has become home to many flagship stores. In total, HB Reavis expects the shopping centre to attract 55,000 visitors each day.
The 3,000 sq m market adds a new dimension to Bratislava’s gastronomic landscape. Customers there can find a plethora of opportunities, including cooking shows and workshops. Stalls full of quality local produce from well-established farmers will be subsequently complemented by a food court with cafés, restaurants and fresh food shops.
A highlight of the project, the 12,000 sq m green roof (the size of Trafalgar Square) is divided into several recreational areas, including a half kilometre running track, two workout zones, functional terraces and a playground – all with stunning views of the new city centre and the neighbouring Old Town city centre with Bratislava’s Castle and greenlands. The greenery on the roof has been carefully selected to represent Slovakia’s diverse flora – succulents, trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses – and is already taking root.
Nivy has also succeeded in becoming an airport-style transportation hub – helping huge numbers of commuters, locals and tourists get from A to B. In fact, the international bus terminal connects Bratislava to 300+ towns and cities across Slovakia and abroad, including a direct route to the Vienna Airport. On top of that, HB Reavis has invested €40 million into the surrounding infrastructure, including a 500-metre long new boulevard with an underground roundabout, new cycle paths with a bike parking tower, new pavements and public areas full of greenery.
Nivy Tower, part of the Nivy zone, meets the strictest WELL and BREEAM certifications and pushes the boundaries of workspace flexibility. The 125m building’s 30,000 sqm of GLA include a mix of traditional, serviced and coworking workspaces – options that can evolve alongside a tenant’s needs, such as in the cases of Resco.net and Capco, who are already enjoying their workspaces there.
The Nivy zone is certified with BREEAM Communities at the Excellent level. One of just 13 zones to meet the standard worldwide, it sits in 5th place in terms of its assessment score. The certification evaluates entire areas in terms of housing quality, civic amenities, infrastructure and the use of energy and natural resources, as well as lifestyle and economic opportunities. In the Nivy zone’s case, the assessment team reviewed nine project units and 205,000 sqm of street infrastructure (about twice the size of Chicago’s Millennium Park).