Berlin: Former Kaufhof near Ostbahnhof turns into office building


The former Kaufhof department store near Berlin’s Ostbahnhof is to be converted into an office building. Residential use, which was initially considered an alternative, is completely off the table. The office plans were now presented by architect Martin Jasper, who is working for the new owner Signa, the “Tagesspiegel” reports. The building will be completely gutted and encased in glass. Signa, who has not been available for further information, reports on its home page that about 31,900 sqm GFA will be created for offices with more than 5 m ceilings, as well as retail and restaurant space of roughly 5,900 sqm in total. There will also be an underground garage with about 200 parking spaces. The former Centrum department store had been opened in 1979; Kaufhof had recently closed its doors.

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