Many don't care for shopping centres in general and this point of view is understandable; given that what is inside them is more or less the same as that next. But if there's one thing we can agree on it's that shopping malls often provide us all with some outstanding architectural masterpieces. Both of the Westfields in London, Bluewater, even the castle mall in Norwich, suspended above abysses of lime caverns. But, today, it's all about this brand new Shopping centre in the ever expanding capital of Germany; Berlin. Again this place has some ambitious architectural qualities that are sure to impress and the playful incorporation geometry and nature in the structural layout is just great. Take a look…
From the front entrance to the shopping centre, you immediately get a feel for the integration for the main theme of the design; straight verticals and flowing horizontals. The decision to play off of a more natural theme was based on the fact that the centre is build on to a park and, in this respect, acts as a utopian style extension of it. Quite an impressive thing, don't you think?
Inside, you gain a sense of open space and a very minimalist lay out, like many shopping centres. Bright and shining surfaces from every angle, help in achieving this much desired look of a sanitary and almost futuristic environment.
Here, around the outsides of the centres, the themed curvature of the external façades is brought inside with force in the upper levels of the walkway.
Up close, the exterior of the Boulevard impresses itself upon one in a rather breathtaking fashion: each curve making way for the above tear and allowing everything to some in view; almost as if the building reveals itself to you.
At 76,000 square meters, one can enjoy a luxurious shopping experience. Three terraced floors provide us shops from around the world and also a vast 3,500 square meter Gastro Lounge.This shot here is somewhat like a bisection or a nautical view out of a ship! Just amazing. For more commercial designs, take a look at some more ideabooks: