Department stores are central destinations within every city center. Their revitalization and repositioning are exciting, yet urgent tasks of architects and strategists when positioning a district. In Aachen’s city center, the vacancy of the former “Lust for Life” department store also started to endanger adjacent streets. On behalf of Landmarken AG and in cooperation with kadawittfeldarchitektur, dan pearlman prepared a study on the subsequent use of the store’s ground floor. The aim is to revitalize the building as a mixed-use property and to establish a market hall on the ground floor. The idea: to create a place from makers for makers – the Urban Maker’s Loft. The result was a site-specific concept for a food market with additional stores and restaurants on 3,500 m2. The Maker’s Loft is intended to serve as a social platform for entrepreneurs of the “New Food Culture” and the people of the Maas-Rhine region. During the brand development and the architectural process, the industrial character of the spacious ground floor was interpreted as a loft and connected to the history of the place as an old healing spring. The urbanity of the loft is counteracted by sensual staging of natural elements and offers very different qualities of stay: meeting in the airy center of the room, relaxing by the fireplace or playfully enjoying the power of water at the spring.