The Garhammer fashion house located at Waldkirchen in Germany was refurbished and extended in a stunning concept that brought together the heritage and contemporary through architecture and spatial experiential design.
The long-standing fashion store Garhammer in Waldkirchen, Lower Bavaria underwent its biggest refurbishment in the store’s 117 year history. The project took 15 month to complete and included extensive modernization and a 2000 m² extension taking the store total retail space to 9000 m² spread over four floors. The store offers full line collection of premium fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children. With the renovation new premium brands have also been added to the store offerings. Blocher Blocher Partners were commissioned for this project for reimagining the store concept and developing one for the extended space. The recommended concept had the building extended in three building phases. It required architectural restructuring and also changing interior concepts for the different departments featured in the store. The old building was linked to the new, north-facing building using glass skyways. Multiple split levels helped create an interesting and engaging spatial experience. The toddler’s and children’s departments were shifted to the new extension to the store whilst men’s fashion took over the ground floor. The women’s department was allotted the entire first floor with the women's shoes, bags and accessories being housed in the lower ground floor. The second floor housed the inner and intimate wear with newly created department for premium sport innerwear. Johanns, the gourmet restaurant with a view from the fourth floor offered gourmet cuisine and fine wines. The design concept recommended for the extension’s façade retained the heritage local design language of the building, especially the characteristic gabled structure of the nearby marketplace. “To the southwest, the challenge was to integrate the historic city wall – deserving of preservation in its own right – into the complex during the reconstruction of the Gründingerhaus,” explains Angela Kreutz, responsible for Corporate Communications at Blocher Blocher Partners. She further adds, “Today, old and new stand harmonically side-by-side whilst Gables and the edges of the new building at the marketplace offer a refreshingly modern interpretation of village history; the clever arrangement of the façade, with its large