For the project "Open Space", which was realized in the basement of the Cologne Arcades in Germany in 2013, the company Kplus Konzept won the first prize in the German Interior Architecture Award 2014 by the Association of German Interior Architects (BDIA). For the eighth time, the prize, which is awarded only every four years, honored innovative projects in a ceremony last month.

The "Open Space" in the basement of the Cologne Arcades is much more than just a shopping mall: a white skeleton structure made of concrete splits the black basement into individual zones which beneficially redefine the shopping experience. Around a central square with an event kitchen the concept connects the customer with retailers through many small units, the "smart concept stores", which do not only offer their products, but also workshops or "Maker Labs". Sales, events and initiatives are merged and create a flowing discovery area.

"Open Space describes a living, ever-changing and developing space construction in which improvisation, low budgets and creative imagination are no longer mutually exclusive”, the Jury explains and lauds “the compelling concept, which optimized a formerly difficult spatial situation and keeps open a significant future development potential. "

Open Space in the basement of the Cologne Arcades
Open Space in the basement of the Cologne Arcades