Kaufhaus Tyrol, Innsbruck, Austria

David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin
in collaboration with Dieter Mathoi Architekten
Date Built
Completed 2010

The Kaufhaus Tyrol on Maria-Theresien-Straße in Innsbruck's city centre, was voted in 2011 Europe’s most beautiful and best shopping centre and received the ICSC European Conference Award.  Shoppers using the centre have access to over 50 stores on multiple floors.  It says of itself that, "... visitors are treated to a first-class shopping experience .... Kaufhaus Tyrol provides facilities for people with disabilities, such as an integrated guidance system for the visually impaired and wheelchair accessible toilets. WIKI Kids World, located on Level 3, offers a professional child-minding service for the centre’s youngest visitors (over 3 years). Even when it comes to the environment, Kaufhaus Tyrol is exemplary: thanks to the latest technology, annual CO2 emissions can be drastically reduced. "

The building was designed by the David Chipperfield practice and built between 2007 and 2010.  On their website they explain that the new Kaufhaus Tyrol occupies the site of the former Kaufhaus Tyrol and stretched from Maria-Theresien-Straße through the interior of the block to Erlerstraße (see below).

They explain that, "... The project consists of three different building volumes, the first of which completes the block structure of the historic street. It has an almost sixty metre-wide elevation onto Maria-Theresien-Straße and is separated into three sections that are at a slight incline to each other. The articulated appearance of the façade is most noticeable when approached from this street. The main entrance, situated in the centre of the long façade, faces a pedestrian zone in the old town and is emphasised by the additional height of the central part of the building. The deep main façade uses light and shadow to develop the rhythm of the neighbouring building bays and projections.  It is made of precast concrete elements with natural stone and marble aggregates, which have polished and sandblasted surfaces. In the window reveals these polished surfaces have a terrazzo-like appearance. Room-height window openings on every floor mediate between the new Kaufhaus Tyrol and the historic environment."

"The neighbouring Schindlerhaus, dating back to the sixteenth century, has been carefully restored and a new floor added, providing space for offices and meeting rooms as well as housing the Schindler Café. The second building volume mediates between the first and the third. It is a glass-roofed atrium that provides public circulation for the store. The different bridges and balconies offer framed views out to the city centre and the nearby mountains. The third volume stretches sixty metres beyond the atrium towards Erlerstraße where the larger departments can be found."

"The five-storey, naturally lit atrium provides central access to all floors, offering views of different departments and orienting visitors."

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