updated 01:15 am EST, Wed January 11, 2012
Will be 9th German store, first in Berlin
A Mac news site in Germany called iTopNews has taken photos of the construction going on around what will be Berlin's first Apple retail store, located in a historic century-old building that was once named the "Vienna." The building has been curtained without activity for some months, and largely empty since a Dali exhibit there in 2008. It will be the ninth store in Germany.
Job listings posted in December and city permits have given away Apple's plans for the store, and construction on the now-derelict building has begun in earnest, with deliveries of solid wood panels and oversized steel plates and glass, a new approach road built and sections blocked off from public view. The store will be located on Kurfüerstendamm avenue in what was once West Berlin and is expected to need extensive interior restoration across all three floors.
The building, constructed in 1912, originally housed a cafe and restaurant and movie theater and features a domed ceiling. It was remodelled as a multi-plex movie theater in 1979 and finally closed for good in 2000. Parts of the building have since been used for offices, apartments, smaller retail businesses and art exhibits.
The building has a total of 45,000 square feet and is close to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a popular tourist attraction, and not far from a subway station. The building's distinctive use of Doric columns gives it an distinctively "heritage" feeling. Using Apple's normal timetable as a base, the store could be open in mid-to-late 2012, and would come four years after the company opened its first retail outlet in Munich. [via iTopNews.de]
Recent photo of the building before construction
Construction photos and video