The city’s “Kaufhaus des Westens” or “Western Department Store”, commonly abbreviated to KaDeWe, is the Harrods of Germany. The massive shop on Tauentzienstraße in the western half of the city opened in 1907 and is today the largest department store in continental Europe.
Need some data ?: 60,000 sqm on 9 storeys, up to 50,000 visitors a day
Opened in 1907, KaDeWe has gone through several renovations and extensions.
And, this is not over. To say the least.
As a matter of fact, thanks to OMA architecture firm, run by iconic Dutch Architect Rem Koolhas (also in charge of the creation of the Fondation des Galeries Lafayette in Paris), KaDeWe is about to regain its leadership in fashion and style, and beat the stiff local competition.
OMA’s project will break the huge building up into four smaller retail spaces, each catering for a different type of Berliner: “classic, experimental, young, generic,”.
The end result will be ‘four department stores under one roof’.
OMA will do this by reorganising the building’s interior, devoting a different street entrance to each new type of shopper, and arranging each of the four retail offerings around a different internal atrium.
The firm has also designed a new glass extension to replace the existing vaulted rooftop restaurant and add an extra level of retail.