Department Store Façade Design, Kiel , 2015
The new department store is situated in a prominent inner-city location. With the planned restoration of the “Small Kiel Canal”, the building will not only flank Berliner Platz but also form an important part of the inner-city silhouette along the new waterway. We propose a high-quality, prestigious, clearly structured façade design that focuses on the north façade facing Berliner Platz. In order to clearly define the square in terms of urban planning aspects and to make the building’s façade facing the square clearly discernible as the main elevation, we have dispensed with the rounded cubature of the present planning status. Instead, an arcade zone is created on the ground floor at Berliner Platz, which emphasises the show facade of the department store and creates a generous entrance area as a transition between the public square and the new second main entrance to the store.