The project designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects started as a won competition for the redevelopment of the “Zentralplatz”. The program included approximately 20,000 sqm of retail space, urban functions and a 6,000 sqm square.
This separation of functions allows for two autonomous and highly functional buildings, which can develop long-term and independently. Because of the precise positioning of the buildings and their outline, the pedestrian flows are organized in an effective and logical way. The combination of these different cultural institutions offers the chance to exploit the synergies between the various institutions.
The areas intertwined with escalators offer orientation points, divide the building and provide the interior with natural light. Above the stores are adjoining rooms and a parking lot organized around a central landscaped courtyard.