The former GDR 'Centrum' department store, designed by Hungarian architects Ferenc Simon and Ivan Fokvari was built in 1978. It was converted to a Karstadt after the fall of Communism. Karstadt later moved across the street in a new, larger building and the Centrum building was demolished in spring 2007. The new huge mall, 'Centrum Galerie' was built on the site.
Centrum Galerie today is the biggest shopping mall in Dresden. Its development completed the regeneration of the Altstadt area in Dresden city centre.
Completed in 2009, the shopping centre includes four shopping floors, a 1,050 car parks garage and various services, including a day care centre on the top floor. A 180-meter-long façade attracts a flow of visitors. The mall offers a huge range of well-known brands such as Adidas, Camel Active, Commander High Fashion, Emilio Adani, Marc O Polo, Next, Olymp & Hades, P & C, S. Oliver, Sidestep, Streetpoint, The Sting, Timberland, Triumph, Deichmann, Goertz 17, Lederwaren Kipling, Marc Schuhe and much more... The success of Dresden‘s largest shopping center lies besides its top location in the city center, in the attractive mix of retailers, international catering trade and a wide spread offering of services.
Centrum Galerie is the first building in Germany, and the first shopping mall in continental Europe, to receive BREEAM Excellent.
The Centrum Gallery is located in the north of the city of Dresden. The gallery is immediately surrounded by the old market gallery in the north and the department stores of Hennes & Mauritz and Karstadt at the Prague street .
Access via (pedestrian) city boulevards and tram line network.
The Centrum Galerie Dresden is a short walk from the main station in Dresden. Tram lines 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 stop at the Prague street. You can also travel by bus lines 75 and 82 which will bring jou just in the front of the center.
The mall features a 180 metre façade and a big entrance to attract visitors. The design by Peter Kulka, who won the 2006 competition for the façade, demonstrates respect for the building’s historic structure and relates it to the new materials in use today.
The building itself creates a courageous balance between classicism and modern art by its metal facade with its honeycomb look of the seventies and its contemporary steel-glass appearance.
Floors are made by Pietra High Tech Black Ardesia and Crema Europa by Ariostea of man-made stones, using natural raw materials and minerals.
The entry area of the mall boasts the world's largest luminous textile installation of in total 74m2 (37m2 on each side of the main entrance). Each wall consists of 6 huge luminous textile panels. The various eye-catching visual effects enhance the indoor shopping experience of visitors entering one of Europe's finest shopping malls. The panels can be controlled remotely with an iPad or smart phone.