Department store Karstadt am Hermannplatz in Berlin.
According to plans by architect Philipp Schaefer, Rudolf Karstadt AG erected a new department store between 1927 and 1929 on the border between Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Karstadt am Hermannplatz, in the style of Expressionism, is considered to be the largest and most modern department store in Europe at the time. The legendary roof garden with viewing platform is rapidly becoming a Berlin sight. Particularly progressive is the underground connection to the subway. During World War II, the building was almost completely destroyed and rebuilt in the style of post-war modernism. Signa Holding, owner of the Galleria Karstadt Kaufhof, announced in 2019 that it wanted to reconstruct the department store in its historic forms. Star architect David Chipperfield leads the project.