Why I enjoy doing Retail8
We call Retail8 the winding tour around Kö-Bogen, a public, free tour of architecture and, above all, the innovative retail solutions designed by the star architect Daniel Libeskind from New York. Just recently, I conducted the last tour of the year, because even in bad weather, the Kö-Bogen’s most beautiful side can sometimes be uncomfortable.
Whether Norwegian architects, American travel bloggers, German investors, Düsseldorf press, international students – I’ve had them all, for nearly 60 minutes and 3000 steps it takes to walk around both buildings. Anecdotes about the cornerstone laying, the potential for urban development, the hidden rooftop gardens, the invisible, silent tenants from high above, luxurious offices, windows that aren’t really windows, corners, and edges – and many very beautiful and, in part, special stores and events. There are plenty of stories.
A project of this scale requires communication, always, which is why we have also opened the building in terms of content to the city’s people, for example, through guided, free, and public tours or our Instagram and Facebook accounts that provide up-to-date information.
The Kö-Bogen has character – with its 40,000 sqm, it is truly a beautiful piece of architectural and urban history – and the modern landmark of Düsseldorf. Why? The Kö-Bogen is there for its people, whether partners or visitors… including the team currently doing Retail8. See you there! Happy Birthday, my dear Curve Star!”