Villach, Austria


Theme Shopping Center

World’s Most Sustainable Shopping Center 2009

Supranational Appeal

Innovative Use of Geothermal Energy

Shopping Without Borders

SES shopping center ATRIO is located in Villach, in the south of the state of Carinthia, only a few kilometers from the Slovenian and Italian borders, in the heart of the Carinthia-Austria / Slovenia / Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The shopping destination with the cross-country appeal attracts many visitors from the neighboring countries. The center’s motto “senza confini”, which translates as “without borders” is consistently displayed at all points of contact, including its name, its architecture, its color schemes, its marketing, and its trilingual center operation. In 2008, ATRIO won the International Design and Development Award and was celebrated as the world’s most innovative shopping center. In 2009, ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) honored the center with the “Best-of-the-Best for Sustainable Design Award” as the world’s most sustainable shopping center. ATRIO Villach is a pioneer in its industry in ecological terms. It was built on thermally activated in-situ concrete piles that extend up to 70 meters into the ground and are used as energy piles to heat and cool the shopping center, achieving high CO2 savings and covering almost half of the required energy generation.

Transport Infrastructure

Located close to the Italian and Slovenian borders, ATRIO in Villach is ideally linked to the road network via its vicinity to the A2 and A10 highways. Local bus lines 1, 4, and 10 connect the shopping center to downtown Villach.

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Catchment Area

  • up to 20 min.
    approx. 250,000 inhabitants

  • up to 40 min.
    approx. 500,000 inhabitants

  • up to 90 min.
    approx. 2,129,000 inhabitants

Facts & Figures


Kärntner Straße 34, 9500 Villach, Austria

Leasable area (GLA)

38.700 m2

Number of Jobs

approx. 900


approx. 90

Anchor Stores

INTERSPAR, Hervis, H&M, Kastner & Öhler, Müller, Hollister, Adler, Humanic, Thalia, Blue Tomato

Project History

Partial Opening: November 2005, Grand Opening: March 2007

Parking Spaces

2,000 free parking spaces (underground parking garage, parking deck, outdoor parking)

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sat 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
INTERSPAR* Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sat 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
on school holidays and public holidays 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
*subject to change due to special opening hours

Special Facilities

Police station, Planet Lollipop, Mini Lollipop, walk-in map, e-filling stations

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  • Architectural Highlight

    The center features distinctive architecture.

  • Childcare

    Supervised play area for children.

  • Event Focus / Stage

    Regular Events and/or Cultural Activities

  • Location on the Border

    The center enjoys a cross-border catchment area.

  • Public Transportation Access

    The center is very well connected to the public transport network.

  • The “Zehner” Gift Certificate

    Cross-center gift certificate, valid at 12 national SES centers.

  • Top-performing Center

    The center demonstrates above-average performance.

  • Tourism Destination

    The center is located at a highly frequented tourist destination.

International Award Winner