By  on March 12, 2019

BERLIN — One of Europe’s largest department store chains has revealed plans to build a 450 million-euro retail development in central Berlin.

The Karstadt-Kaufhof Galeria chain is Germany’s largest and Europe’s third-largest after a merger late last year of the German assets of Hudson’s Bay Co. and the Austria-headquartered Signa Group. This week, it was revealed that star architect David Chipperfield had been commissioned by Signa to design a replacement for what is currently a thriving but somewhat shabby Karstadt in the increasingly trendy neighborhood of Neuköelln. The old store, built post-war, will be demolished and in its place there will be a 1.35 million-square-foot building that will include a rooftop terrace, hotel and office space as well as community amenities like child care, a gym and a library. The design, with two towers and Art Deco styling, harks back to the original seven-story department store built here in the Twenties that was destroyed during the Second World War. Only 183,000 to 125,000 square feet will be devoted to retail.

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