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Barbarossa City Outlet Gelnhausen

Conversion of a department store to an inner-city outlet — Im Ziegelhaus, 63571 Gelnhausen, Germany — 14.000 m² — 2018 — Barbarossa City Outlet GmbH & Co. KG, Gelnhausen

A city in town

The German state of Hessen’s first urban outlet centre – with around 10,000 square metres of retail floorspace – is under construction in Gelnhausen. The concept for the architecture and interior design is inspired by the area’s historic building traditions.

The town of Gelnhausen was established by Kaiser Friedrich I, also known as Barbarossa, in AD 1170 and stands out for its historical centre’s half-timbered buildings and narrow alleys. The architects referenced these characteristic, small-scale structures in their design, translating them into modern architectural language both indoors and out.