Architect and Engineer Santiago Calatrava, Uwe Reppegather, Founder and Managing Director of the CENTRUM Group and Lord Mayor Dr. Stephan Keller announced the plans for Calatrava Boulevard – a sustainable, luxury building complex located on a site between Königsallee, Königstrasse and Steinstrasse. This project is a result of the close relationship between Calatrava and Reppegather with the intent of creating an international destination and must-see attraction.
“We are very pleased and proud to be involved in such an important project and to be able to make our contribution to sustainable urban development,” said Santiago Calatrava. “Düsseldorf, with its famous Königsallee, is an elegant, cosmopolitan city with a sophisticated aura. Working closely with both the City Council and CENTRUM, we were able to develop a balanced and innovative solution that both preserves the distinctive and traditional character of the “Kö” and creates new architectural and urban development excellence. My team and I are working on this project with the greatest of pleasure and enthusiasm and are proud to present the results of our work so far.”
Invigorating Königsallee as an international destination
Modernizing the space located along the Königsallee will make this a future-proofed, prime location for top businesses and international luxury flagship stores. The centerpiece of the design, a curved and vaulted 135-foot roof, faces Martin-Luther-Platz and remains below the typical height of high-rise buildings in the North Rhine-Westphalia state capital.
The first two floors of Calatrava Boulevard will offer approximately 160,000 square feet of luxury restaurant and retail space. The central axis of the main building, with its triangular footprint, provides direct access into the Boulevard, which then offers further connections to the office lobbies on the 2nd to 8th floors.
These upper floors will house 236,000 square feet of office space and will preserve the traditional structure of the “Kö” façades. The landscaped roof terraces also contain integrated solar panels adding to the sustainability of the project. The existing buildings fronting the Königsallee will be incorporated and connected to Calatrava Boulevard to create a seamless experience.
Calatrava Boulevard runs parallel to the iconic Königsallee, connecting it with Steinstrasse. Its greenery, opening glass roof and sculptural architecture create a high degree of non-weather-dependent amenity value for international and local upmarket restaurant and retail concepts. The sinusoidal waveforms of the inner façade that sweep toward the external façades facing Königstrasse and Steinstrasse, create an unparalleled unity.
The project has already commenced with the construction of the Kö36 building and its occupation by the Moncler and Fendi brands. The project envisages a step-by-step modernization to minimize the impact on business operations along Königsallee. The plan is set to be completed by 2028.
“Calatrava Boulevard once again emphasizes the internationality of our city,” said Dr. Stephan Keller, Lord Mayor of the state capital city of Düsseldorf. “I am very glad that CENTRUM is comprehensively redeveloping the sites facing away from Königsallee with outstanding architecture, which will give the world-famous boulevard a whole new and additional splendor. The investment of over 1 billion Euros in this location is a clear commitment to our city, for which I am extremely grateful to Uwe Reppegather. This level of courage is essential to lead our city into the future. The designs show that this can be achieved while retaining the historic architecture.”
“We want to make Königsallee one of the premium retail pitches in Europe,” said Uwe Reppegather, Managing Director of CENTRUM. “To this end, we have engaged in lengthy and intensive discussions with the international luxury retail segment and have been closely involved in the City’s dialogue regarding the future of Königsallee. The resulting concept envisages an innovative combination of contemporary retail space for international flagship stores with upmarket restaurants which will make this a great place to spend time and take a stroll. This project with its international resonance can become a new landmark as Europe’s most fabulous shopping street!”
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