Opening KaDeWe: Rem Koolhaas X India Mahdavi

The KaDeWe invited Sam Riley and Alexandra Maria Lara amongst others to celebrate their perennial reconstruction

Last night Berlin’s famous KaDeWe located at Tauentzienstraße in Charlottenburg, celebrated the first phase of their perennial reconstruction. More than 1000 guests came to witness the transformation and they were guided through an artificial labyrinth, to get inside to take part in the opening of two brand new quadrants of the building. The guestlist covered the local who’s who of fashion and culture, like Tim Renner, Christiane Arp or Lars Eidinger, but also included the german-british power couple Alexandra Maria Lara and Sam Riley.

When KaDeWe first opened as “Kaufhaus des Westens” in 1907 at the lively Wittenbergplatz, it was one of the biggest department stores all over Europe. Today, as a tribute to the past, the splendid round arches were rebuilt and so was the front entrance. None other than Rem Koolhaas was commissioned as the architect in chief – the dutch mastermind is one of today’s leading builders and has shaped the cityscape of cultural metropolises from Porto to The Hague with his outstanding constructions.

In addition to the facade there’s been plenty of progress made on the inside, as the new Women’s and Men’s Fashion Departments of the house were finalised. While the Men’s department was designed by Storage Milano, the interior of the Women’s department was renewed by the Parisian designer India Mahdavi, who introduced lots of shimmering gold surfaces as well as velvet carpets. Furthermore she had the changing rooms paved with marble and hand-picked only the most sophisticated pieces of furniture – combining scandinavian design and Parisian elegance. It won’t be until 2018 until Koolhaas’ vision is fully realized. The end goal: to give a modern look to a time-honoured department store without compromising its rich history. A store, that unites fashion, art, design and architecture.

KaDeWe – Kaufhaus des Westens
Tauentzienstraße 21-24
10789 Berlin
Openings: Mo.– Fr. 10–21h, Sa. 9:30-20h
U-bahn Station: Wittenbergplatz