Architecture

EICHHORNSTRAßE 3

EICHHORNSTRAßE 3
Vincent Mosch

EICHHORNSTRAßE 3 by Italian star architect Renzo Piano forms the southern boundary of Potsdamer Platz. It balances out the two skyscrapers at the northern tip of the quarter, POTSDAMER PLATZ 11 and POTSDAMER PLATZ 1. Standing 106 metres high, it is the tallest building at Potsdamer Platz. The tower with a green cube at its top also serves as a ventilation stack for the 2.4 kilometre long Tiergarten Spreebogen tunnel.

The imposing, light-flooded EICHHORNSTRAßE 3 has the same dimensions as the central nave of Notre Dame.

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POTSDAMER PLATZ 11

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Standing 70 metres high and boasting 18 floors, POTSDAMER PLATZ 11  is one of the three tallest buildings at Potsdamer Platz. Italian architect Renzo Piano created a prominent landmark for the new city centre with this edifice. In dialogue with the neighbouring tower, POTSDAMER PLATZ 1, this skyscraper forms the northern boundary of the quarter. From its triangular base to its glass tip, it points elegantly and precisely as a compass needle at Potsdamer Platz. The double glass façade ensures natural, energy-efficient cooling of the office tower, while the terracotta-clad rear of the building progressively staggers down to the height of the neighbouring structures. To the south, POTSDAMER PLATZ 11 borders directly on the historical Haus Huth.

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BLUEMAX Theater

Vincent Mosch
Vincent Mosch

The BLUEMAX Theater was specially designed by Berlin Architekturbüro F101 for the famous Blue Man Group. Since 2007, up to 600 visitors can watch this colourful music show. Somewhat hidden, this architectural gem at Marlene-Dietrich-Platz stands directly opposite the Stage Musical Theater. Entry to this striking building is via a cylinder-shaped construction resembling the neighbouring Roger Twins. The attached complex boasts a large glass façade through which a colossal blue sphere is visible. This globe-like object protrudes from the roof like a dome, creating the building’s unmistakable profile. Made of shotcrete, the shell of this sphere was produced with a 35-metre diameter balloon as formwork. The walls were then constructed under tremendous pressure from the dome and are testimony to a masterwork of architectural engineering.

Haus Huth

Haus-Huth
Vincent Mosch

Haus Huth is a former wine house of the vintner Christian Huth. Built in 1912 by architects Conrad Heidenreich and Paul Michel, it survived World War II largely undamaged and is the only historic building remaining in the entire Potsdamer Platz quarter. It was most likely saved from the war by its solid steel construction– a precaution taken to withstand the weight of storing wine. As “The Last House at Potsdamer Platz” it became a symbol of Berlin’s destruction and subsequent division. In 1990, the building was incorporated into the planning of the Potsdamer Platz project. Under the supervision of Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker, the property was completely restored from 1994 to 1999. Since then, the limestone-shell façade shines once again in its former elegance. Appropriate to its original purpose, Haus Huth now holds the wine and delicatessen locale, “Lutter & Wegner”, where wine bottles are stacked as in old times. The upper portion of the historical building has housed the “Daimler Contemporary” collection since 1999, a rotating exhibition of modern art.

POTSDAMER PLATZ 1

POTSDAMER PLATZ 1
Vincent Mosch

In just 20 seconds, Europe’s fastest elevator whisks guests up to the 25th floor of the high-rise POTSDAMER PLATZ 1. A breathtaking view of Berlin is awaiting them at the top. The 24th and 25th floors combine an observation deck, a 360° glassed-in café with roof terrace, and an open-air exhibition. The top of the tower is appropriately called Panorama Point (“Panoramapunkt”). The 103-metre high edifice was built by Professor Hans Kollhoffwho realised his vision of a transatlantic bridge with this imposing work. The style of the tower is reminiscent of American skyscrapers from the 1920s Art Deco era, but in stark contrast to its form, the building is clad in a traditional German peat-fired brick façade. Growing out of its triangular base in a terrace-like fashion, this 25-storey tower is a striking addition to the skyline of Berlin’s city centre.

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Linkstraße 2 / 4

Linkstrasse
Vincent Mosch

Light-flooded office complex by Richard Rogers unites transparency and high-tec with an impressive atrium and moving stairs, which is unique at Potsdamer Platz. The building is located in front of the Tilla-Durieux-Park and the calm Fontaneplatz, a green court with water bassin.

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Rogers Twins

Vincent Mosch
Vincent Mosch

Designed by architect Richard Rogers, this futuristic building ensemble is the realisation of a visually and technically challenging concept. The identically constructed twin buildings mirror one another, attracting immediate attention with their fully glassed fronts and bright yellow sun blinds. Two side wings rising up in step-like fashion contrast sharply with glass, cylinder-shaped buildings, connected by broad outdoor staircases. The yellow blinds on the two outer glass cylinders adjust automatically according to light exposure. Along with hydraulically controlled skylights and greened atria, they ensure nearly full natural cooling of the two office buildings.

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