Peek & Cloppenburg Flagship Store Cologne

Cathedral of fashion

The Cologne flagship store of the fashion chain Peek & Cloppenburg, based on a design by architect Renzo Piano, fits harmoniously into its surroundings from the ground plan to the design of the façade: While a cubic block development with a "harsh" façade made of natural stone was designed for the west-facing Antonsgasse, the ground plan on the eastern side follows the winding course of the road. The organic-looking glass façade is made of 6.800 overlapping, insulating glass panels arranged in a scale pattern.

Both the desired transparency of the sales area and the new façade required heavy modifications to be made to the original structure, for which KREBS+KIEFER assumed the planning and execution. KREBS+KIEFER also examined the construction of the load-bearing structure of the façade, made of vertical wooden trusses and horizontally arranged steel pipes with pre-stressed diagonal cables. With plain bearings on the shell consoles, the over 167 m long jointless façade construction achieves the necessary room for manoeuvre.


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