2002 – to date

Unique downtown properties

Eastgate Berlin
Eastgate Berlin

The quality requirements for a shopping center have massively increased over the course of years. Today, no center matches another one. While many centers used to be laid out in line with the "bone" design – department stores on left and right and the mall with small shops in between – the changing face of the retail trade and complex property situations mean it is now necessary to draw up totally different concepts in different towns and cities.

One example is Schloss-Arkaden in Brunswick, which opened in 2007. With the reconstruction of the city castle, which was destroyed in the Second World War, ECE created a new landmark – after the Frauenkirche church in Dresden, the second major reconstruction in unified Germany. For the facade reconstruction of the castle in Brunswick, the construction workers used more than 600 preserved original parts of natural stone as well as more than 8,200 newly created sandstone blocks. The reconstructed castle houses, among others, public-cultural facilities such as the castle museum and the city's library. In Brunswick's city center, the reconstruction of the castle and the opening of Schloss-Arkaden initiated a real investment boom. Thus, the city sustainably strengthened its position as number one shopping metropolis in Lower Saxony. Also initial concerns of many business owners that the people would only visit the Schloss-Arkaden shopping center have long been allayed. Nine out of ten visitors to the city center also continue to visit the city's other shops. Brunswick sustainably increased its attractiveness with the castle reconstruction in the city center. The international press chose the new castle as one of the ten best buildings in 2007. And unlike its predecessor, the new city castle in Brunswick is now open to all citizens.

Individual and tailor-made solutions are in demand. Just as there are no standard cities, standard formats for shopping centers cannot be realized. Every city is different and has own framework conditions and structures. Thus, when planning a shopping center an individual concept needs to be designed for each location. Each shopping center should be identity-generating and unique for the city or region – with an individual spatial experience and a great atmosphere. Examples are, among others: Altmarkt-Galerie in Dresden (2002), Ettlinger Tor in Karlsruhe (2005), Eastgate in Berlin (2005), Limbecker Platz in Essen (2009), Rathaus-Galerie in Leverkusen (2010), Rhein-Galerie in Ludwigshafen (2010), Thier-Galerie in Dortmund (2011), Skyline Plaza in Frankfurt/Main (2013), Milaneo in Stuttgart (2014), and Aquis Plaza in Aachen (2015).