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OMA to renovate KaDeWe department store in Berlin

 
The Dutch firm OMA of Rem Koolhaas has been commissioned to undertake a new renovation and enlargement of the historic Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) department store in Berlin. First opened in 1907, the building became a symbol of Germany’s reconstruction and economic renaissance after World War II. In the course of time it has undergone several refurbishment and expansion works. The last intervention was in the 1990s, when it grew to 60,000 square meters of retail space.

The new design divides the existing single space into four interconnected shops. Each quadrant has an entrance of its own and is organized around a central void with a sculptural stairway. The objective of the project is to rethink the KaDeWe’s established selling model by breaking it up into four different shopping experiences, adapting to the diversity of shoppers.

On the other hand, the new building will be taller, with a compact glass volume added on top to replace an existing restaurant. The new floor level will also feature an open space of irregular forms. It will offer spectacular views of the German capital, and be directly accessible from the street by means of two elevators gracing the facade.
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