Like in all other parts of the city, also this new part, the suburb of Potsdamer Platz, has been completed with the realization of shops and restaurants. The Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is one of the biggest malls of Berlin.
With the idea of the Parisian glass “passage“, architect Renzo Piano, with architect Karl Anton Kohlbecker, designed this building like a long and covered commercial gallery. The center is developed on three levels, is 260 meters wide, and 50 meters high. The inside is a long and impressive hallway, illuminated and almost transparent thanks to the glass roof.
The Arkaden is designed in the free spaces situated between the buildings of Richard Rogers – on the left side – and of Renzo Piano – on the right side. This puts in evidence the idea of the integration, the mixture, of all the urban functions: idea which was totally avoided by the functionalist urbanism of yesterday.
On the three different levels we can find more than 120 shops of various dimensions, restaurants, bars, caffes, and so on. This mall open itself, on both entrances, on two small squares: the whole metropolis enter without any difficulty in the Arkaden, a very important meeting point for everyone in Berlin.
credit photo: ECE
by Jean-Baptiste Hurstel