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New Kranzler Eck
Berlin | 2018
Within the former West Berlin reconstruction architecture, the Kranzler Eck ensemble with its adjoining commercial spaces occupies a special place not only in terms of architectural history but also in socio-cultural terms. Built in 1957/58 according to plans by Hanns Dustmann and extended in 2000 to become the New Kranzler Eck, the Kranzler Eck has established itself as an institution of the entire City West and continues to function as a synonym for one of Berlin's most consumerist reference points - the Kurfuerstendamm.

The two-storey, listed existing building has two sales levels as well as various roof superstructures, including the rotunda with the outdoor area of the former Café Kranzler. Attached to the building is a new mixed-use ensemble and a multi-storey car park.

In close coordination with the State Monument Preservation Office and the urban planning department of the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, the extensive measures included, on the one hand, the refurbishment, conversion and extension of the retail and gastronomy areas of the existing building from the 1950s and, on the other hand, the redesign of the respective façades and the inner courtyard open space. In the course of this, various conversions and extensions carried out over the years were dismantled and an extension was built in the courtyard area.

The extension and conversion of the two-storey wing of the building on Joachimsthaler Strasse includes the consolidation of the retail areas into one large flagship store. The former central access to the gastronomy area in the rotunda on the roof of Kranzler Eck will be restored by exposing the staircase in the middle of the commercial unit.

The removal of the glass porches on both levels along Kurfuerstendamm allows the original façade design with natural stone-clad pillars and lintel as well as large-format shop windows to reappear. In keeping with the listed building, the south-facing windows on the ground floor are partially shaded by the distinctive red and white striped awnings.

In the inner courtyard, the existing ensemble receives an extension in the form of a concrete skeleton building with a new two-storey natural stone façade. In keeping with the existing façade on the courtyard side, this is set in a light beige limestone/sandstone. Large-format windows have been installed here in favour of the outdoor space.

With great appreciation for the historical quality of the 1950s building, the measures correspond to the historical model of the listed existing building and yet give it a modern expression.

The project is LEED Gold certified.

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