New luxury retail and recreation option opens in Lviv
The elegant building located at 27 Svobody Avenue in Lviv has always been at the centre of trend-setting in the capital of West Ukraine. Originally known as ‘Kun’s Hotel’ and later as the ‘Belle View’, ‘Explanada’ and ‘Elit’ hotels respectively, at the turn of the twentieth century the building housed a popular concert hall which offered cabaret from magicians as well as some of Ukraine’s first ever cinema screenings. Literary readings are said to have been attended by some of the most legendary names in Ukrainian culture including Ivan Franko himself. Prior to World War II the building became a fashion emporium which hosted the Mackintosh atelier and became known locally as the House of Fashion Design.
From Leopolis to Opera Passage Opera
Passage offers a unique blend of these venerable 19th century architectural traditions together with state-of-the-art consumer retail facilities. Boasting 5500 square metres of luxury space spread over four floors of shopping options, one restaurant level and two office/residential levels, Opera Passage is an impressive addition to Lviv’s long-term real estate redevelopment. Opera Passage has two entrances (from Svoboda Avenue and Kurbas Street) and a full range of modern consumer conveniences. The project is the brainchild of a pair of Scandinavian companies – Kusinkapital AB (Finland) and HT Property Development (Estonia/Finland). HT Property Development is the same company behind the 2007 construction of Lviv’s Leopolis Hotel, which provided the inspiration for the Opera Passage project itself. Architect Kulle Salum provided original and innovative architectural designs for both projects
Highlights of Lviv’s latest attraction include the Opera Market on the first floor of Opera Passage, which will offer the very best in Lviv delicacies for true gourmets and an unrivalled selection of world wines. Italian cuisine restaurant “La Piazza” located on fourth floor, meanwhile, will host a grand opening on December 22. “La Piazza” promises to offer guests a wide range of authentic Italian cuisine including pizza, delicious desserts and 16 original pasta recipes in a conceptually innovative environment. Consumers are likely to be drawn to Opera Passage by the exclusive brands which the retail centre has managed to attract. Brands represented in the venue’s boutiques will include “Lush” (handmade cosmetics from Great Britain), “Elite Home Textile” offering French textiles by the likes of Carreblanc and Blumarine, “Les Montres Suisses” presenting watches and accessories by Breitling, Zenith, Breitling for Bentley, Baume&Mercier, Maurice Lacroix, Balmain, and a Studio of Sunglasses offering the best of Chanel, Bvlgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford. The second shopping level will feature Lviv’s first “OGGI” (Italy) shop, “Chartage” boutique with costume jewellery and accessories, “La Perla” with its exquisite lingerie collections, men’s clothes boutique “Monte Napoleone” featuring brands including Brioni and Ermenegildo Zegna, while “Chicco” will offer a world of goods for mothers and kids. Another highlight will be a flagship boutique by leading Lviv fashion designer Roksolana Bogutska, a lady who counts among her admirers the Lviv pop sensation Ruslana, First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko and a host of other celebrities.
TM “Opera Passage”
Lviv, Svobody avn., 27