Spandau Arcaden is located in Spandau a major industrial suburb to the west of Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city with a population of over 3 million.
The centre is located on the site of an old freight depot and was completed in November 2001 by German property developers MFI, in conjunction with owners DIFA, a German property fund. They intended to revitalise the centre of Spandau by bringing modern retail space and leisure facilities within easy reach of the historic town centre and residents of West Berlin. It represents a total investment of € 197 million.
The 33,000 sqm of retail space comprises of 125 shops anchored by a Real hypermarket, H&M, Pro Markt and a Peek & Cloppenburg store. The unit shops are spread over 3 levels and offer middle range retail brands. Supplementing the shops is a range of catering and service outlets including a food court in the basement.
The shopping centre is adjacent to the traditional shopping area of the old part of Spandau and well embedded into the public transport system.
It conveniently lies adjacent to the railway and underground stations and close to the local bus station. The nearby motorway provides full access to the major road network.
Thus, the Spandau ARCADEN can be reached by the S-Bahn S5 and S75 lines, the U-Bahn line U7, the bus lines 132 and 232 and 17 more additional bus lines.
The use of natural materials such as sandstone in the development’s design successfully reflects the historical ‘look and feel’ of Berlin with the centre’s tower clearly acting as a tribute to the nearby historic town centre. Although fully enclosed, the curved glass roof ensures natural light is enjoyed throughout the scheme.
Outside the Spandau Arcaden you will find the Water Gate fountain created by artist Heinz Mack. The sculpture is remindful, in a metaphoric sense, of a freestanding city gate.