Centrum Galerie DresdaLocation: Dresda - Germany
Design: PT+T Design, Dresda; Peter Kulka, Dresda; De Architekten Cie, Amsterdam
Dresden’s biggest shopping centre has just opened, with 4 levels, international gastronomic concepts, services and recreational facilities for children.
Multi Development Germany GmbH has built Dresden’s biggest mall, with more than 52,000 square metres of retail space. Located on the central shopping street in the “Florence of the North”, Prager Strasse, the mall was designed by T+T Design architectural studios of Holland in collaboration with Dresden architect Peter Kulka and De Architekten Cie studios of Amsterdam. Centrum Galerie Dresda includes 4 floors of shops, a variety of services including a daycare centre on the top floor, recreational facilities for children, an indoor parking lot for about 1000 cars, a 180 metre façade and a big entrance to attract visitors inside. The design by Peter Kulka, who won the 2006 competition for the façade, demonstrates respect for the building’s historic structure and relates it to the new materials in use today.
The floor is made of High-Tech Stones Black Ardesia and Crema Europa by Ariostea (in the 30X60 60X60 90X45 120X60 formats), a man-made stone produced using natural raw materials and minerals transformed by a production process akin to the process of formation of natural rock to create a compact material which is homogeneous throughout its entire mass.
The Centrum Galerie project is characterised by optimal use of energy resources and space: careful choice of materials permitted maximum reduction (by up to 40%) of heat dispersion, while installation of photovoltaic panels covers a portion of the shopping centres energy requirements. Additional measures taken to ensure energy efficiency include led lighting, maximisation of use of natural light, and energy-saving escalators. Centrum Galerie is Germany’s first building and continental Europe’s first shopping centre to receive BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) “Excellent” Certification for the quality of its architecture and for the services it offers, such as the rooftop daycare centre, but above all its focus on the environment and on sustainability.