with more and more tenants opening their doors, the massive appeal of berlin bikini gradually becomes evident. originally a mixed-use complex from the 1950s by architects paul schwebes and hans schoszberger, it has been redeveloped and given a new lease on life as berlin's newest retail and hospitality hub with a carefully curated mix of shops. and it firmly upgrades the tiergarten neighbourhood to a must-go shopping destination along the way. after opening a store and exhibition space in mitte area three years ago, publisher gestalten has expanded its retail operations yet again with a new concept store at the bikini berlin complex. occupying a spacious 530 sqm. [5,705 sq.ft.] unit on the building's rooftop, it's aptly called gestalten pavilion. the retail space is encased in floor-to-ceiling glass that allow in floods of daylight and create a relaxed, airy feel that tones down the spartan chic aesthetic.
the presence of swathes of concrete and ceiling utility pipes is balanced out by sophisticated parquet flooring and a wide range of angular wooden displays and shelving. gestalten pavilion aims to surprise even the most jaded of shoppers with a tightly curated and wide range of goods and brands that ooze quality and craftsmanship. the shelves are packed with home accessories, jewellery, culinaria, stationery, books, magazines, and even kids toys. adding up to the well-balanced lifestyle equation offered by gestalten pavilion is a café on the premises with both indoor and outdoor seating. the establishment is ideal for a shopping break, offering modern seasonal fare and views of the berlin zoo below. location: bikini berlin, budapesterstrasse 38-50 [tiergarten].