Potsdamer Platz — Berlin’s landmark and centre of attraction for people from all over the world

 

Vincent Mosch

Outstanding, futuristic and distinctive architecture characterises the atmosphere of the Potsdamer Platz. Buildings designed by star architects such as Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker give Berlin’s skyline its unique charm and refined elegance. Tranquility and urbanity are in perfect harmony. The special flair of the redesigned square is accentuated by international cuisine offerings, theatres and museums, as well as impressive office and residential buildings.

In the 1920s, the Potsdamer Platz was one of the city’s largest transport hubs. Today, the Potsdamer Platz is still a main artery of Berlin as well as a famous landmark. With its generously designed public areas, the Tilla-Durieux-Park (a large green space covering 25,000 sqm) and the shopping centre Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, the Potsdamer Platz attracts around 110,000 visitors every day. This quarter, right in the heart of Berlin, represents both a retreat and a point of attraction.

 

 

 

Squares within the Potsdamer Platz quarter

 

Fontaneplatz

Short description: The bustling square is positioned in front of the Weinhaus Huth, nestled between the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden and one of the two Richard Rogers residential buildings. The square is flanked by four lanterns designed in historical-looking style, representing an urban retreat right in the heart of the Potsdamer Platz. Its centrepiece is the large rectangular water basin, located in the middle of the square. The free and unobstructed view of the Tilla-Durieux-Park invites you to dwell for a while.                        

Characteristics:

• Quiet square
• Architecturally attractive design
• Sun-drenched up until noon
• Square steel basin in the middle of the square

Suitable for: photo shooting, filming, interviews, promotions (e.g. marketing campaigns), VIP events

Worth noting: The Haus Huth is a former wine house belonging to the wine merchant Christian Huth; built in 1912 by the architects Conrad Heidenreich and Paul Michel. It is the Potsdamer Platz’s only remaining historic building. As “the last house standing at the Potsdamer Platz”, it became a symbol of Berlin’s destruction and division.

 

 

Marlene-Dietrich-Platz

Short description: The theatre at the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz is home to the Berlinale, one of the big three film festivals, held annually in February. During the film festival, the Potsdamer Platz theatre (located on the square) is transformed into the Berlinale Palast, hosting national and international celebrities from the film and show business. Designed by star architect Renzo Piano, the forecourt boasts an impressive sail-like canopy with a steel-blue underside and a golden shining façade. Through the gorge-shaped opening in the building, one can catch a nice glimpse of the national library in the background.

Characteristics:

• Perfect view of the red carpet in front of the theatre during the film festivals
• Enclosed by an artificially created shallow moat
• Large, open square
• View of the Berlin State Library

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, VIP events

Worth noting:  Marlene Dietrich, original name Marie Magdalene Dietrich, married name Sieber, b. December 27, 1901 Schöneberg, d. May 6, 1992 Paris; actress, singer.

 

 

Canopy of building B1

Short description: The open and sunny square in front of building B1 of the office building built by Renzo Piano with direct access to the Alte Potsdamer Straße, captivates with its brightness. With a size of 115 square meters, it offers an ideal location for smaller events. Direct sunlight makes the square look friendly and through the open view, the square gains in vastness and spaciousness.

Special features:

• direct access to Potsdamer Platz
• bright and friendly atmosphere
• direct sunlight
• high public traffic

Suitable for: promo action, food trucks, flyer action, smaller events

Alleys of the Potsdamer Platz quarter

The three small alleys Joseph-von-Eichendorff-, Rudolf-von-Gneist and Brüder-Grimm-Gasse have one thing in common: they cross the shopping area Potsdamer Platz Arkaden and offer direct access to it. They are enclosed by futuristic architecture. Quiet, yet keeping pace with the times, the alleys offer maximum flexibility in their usage.

 

Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse

Short description: In this small alley (on the side facing the Linkstraße) there is a pharmacy and a small green marked parking area with an electric vehicle charging station. A large neon sign shows the way to the Arkaden. The futuristic-looking round outer wall of the adjacent building unfolds a beautiful play of light reflecting the sun’s rays. The opposite section of the alley (bordering the Alte Potsdamer Straße) also offers direct access to the Arkaden and numerous shops.

Characteristics:

• Small, quiet alleyway with no trees
• Impressive view of a cone-shaped flight of stairs
• Green marked parking area and EV charging station

Suitable for: photo shooting, filming, events (smaller booths, food vans, etc.)

Worth noting: Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse  (Joseph Karl Benedict Freiherr von Eichendorff, b. March 10, 1788 Lubowitz Castle near Ratibor, d. November 26, 1857 Neisse (Silesia); writer)

Rudolf-von-Gneist Gasse

Short description: The bright exterior of the building in the Rudolf-von-Gneist-Gasse gives this alley a friendly atmosphere. On the side facing away from the Linkstraße, the alley is flanked by restaurants and the BLUEMAX theatre. In addition to the reserved parking spaces for the company Car2Go, the little alley still offers enough space to set up further small parking zones.

Characteristics:

• Yellow cladding on the corner building
• Easy parking
• Direct view of the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz

Suitable for: photo shooting, filming, smaller events (e.g. food vans)

Worth noting: Rudolf-von-Gneist-Gasse (Heinrich Rudolf Hermann Friedrich von Gneist, b. August 13, 1816 Berlin, d. July 22, 1895 Berlin; lawyer, politician)

Brüder-Grimm-Gasse

Short description: The little alley with a big name runs between the buildings of the architects Richard Rogers and Lauber & Wöhr. The orange façades give the alleyway a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is the shortest of the three alleys and leads directly to the southern entrance of the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden.

Characteristics:

• Quiet alley overlooking a pyramidal constructed apartment building
• Easy parking
• View of round façade made of glass brick

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting

Worth noting: Brüder-Grimm-Gasse (Jacob Ludwig Carl Emil Grimm, b. January 4, 1785 Hanau, d. September 20, 1863, and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, b. February 24, 1786 Hanau, d. December 16, 1859 Berlin; philologists, writers)

Streets at the Potsdamer Platz

Schellingstraße

Short description: The Schellingstraße is located at the southern end of the Potsdamer Platz. It crosses the Eichhornstraße and leads directly to the southern entrance of the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden. The street is lined with a modern office building designed by star architect Renzo Piano, reflecting the incoming light on its bright façade.

Characteristics:

• A round windowed façade provides striking optics and reflections
• Wide street with parking
• Direct access to the southern entrance of the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden

Suitable for: photo shooting, filming

Worth noting: Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Ritter von Schelling, b. January 27, 1775 Leonberg, d. August 20, 1854 Bad Ragaz (Switzerland); philosopher.

Varian-Fry-Strasse

Short description: The Varian-Fry-Straße boasts buildings with colonnade exteriors, adding a modern touch to the small street. The road leads straight on to the adjacent large Potsdamer Straße. Diffuse light reflections give the road a touch of nonchalance.

Characteristics:

• Excellent view of the main road
• View of the Sony Center, opposite
• Diffuse reflections of light

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, promotions

Worth noting: Varian Mackey Fry, b. October 15, 1907 New York, d. 1967; American politician, resistance fighter against the Nazi regime.

Ludwig-Beck-Straße

Short description: The Ludwig-Beck-Straße offers a great view of the Sony Center. Attractive, light-filled spaces, embedded between the buildings (designed by architects Moneo and Lauber & Wöhroffering), offer a wide range of potential applications on this somewhat broader street.

Characteristics:

• Direct view of the Sony Center (neon sign)
• Easy parking
• View of round glass-bricked façade

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, promotions

Worth noting: Beck, Ludwig August Theodor, b. June 29, 1880 Biebrich (now Wiesbaden-Biebrich), d. July 20, 1944 Berlin, military, resistance fighter against the Nazi regime.

 

 

Voxstraße

Short description: The Voxstraße is well suited for photo shooting and filming due to its width. The bright façades designed by the architects Moneo and Lauber & Wöhr offer dazzling lighting conditions. The unobstructed view of the Chamber Music Hall gives the street a generous flair. Adjacent to the Alte Potsdamer Straße, the Voxstraße leads directly to the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden.

Characteristics:

• Unobstructed view of the Chamber Music Hall
• Cinema Cinemaxx and Spanish restaurant on the corner of Alte Potsdamer Straße (high numbers of passers-by)
• Dazzling lighting conditions and spaces

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, promotions

Worth noting: Germany’s first radio programme was broadcast from the Voxhaus on October 29, 1923. “You are listening to Voxhaus Berlin on wave 400″—this was the introductory phrase of the first radio broadcast by Radiostunde AG.

Stairway Linkstraße 2

Short description:

The exterior of the building, designed by the architect Richard Rogers, boasts an impressive staircase. The round ensemble with its terraced form creates all the flair of a stage setting.

Characteristics:

• Show-like, round staircase
• Futuristic design

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, one-on-one interviews

Worth noting: Link, Heinrich Friedrich, b. February 2, 1767 Hildesheim, d. January 1, 1851 Berlin; botanist.

Linkstraße 2-4: Atria in the Rogers buildings

Short description: The “twin towers” of the office buildings Linkstraße 2 and Linkstraße 4 were designed by the British architect Richard Rogers. The Rogers twins blend perfectly into the modern building ensemble.

Special features: Steel and glass dominate the exterior of the two almost-symmetrical office buildings. The entrance area is striking: a cylinder whose yellow sun visors align automatically, and a terraced side wing flank the outside staircase.

Suitable for: Filming, taking pictures, VIP events

 

 

 

Inner courtyard of the Potsdamer Platz 1 building

Short description:  The transparent glassed roof, with its overlapping cross-sectional structure, offers an impressive view of the neighbouring buildings. The invading daylight creates intriguing contrasts and shadows on the inner façade, making it ideal for urban photography and receptions.

Characteristics: to be added

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, VIP events

Worth noting: Informationen zum Gebäude sind noch nachzutragen

 

 

 

 

Inner courtyard of the Eichhornstraße 3 building

Short description: The atrium inside the six-storey office building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, provides an imposing backdrop. Due to its height and exposure to sunlight, the foyer exudes the splendour of a gothic cathedral. The glass roof lends the atrium lightness and elegance.

Characteristics:

• Translucent glass roof
• Colour and light displays in the interior space enhanced by sunlight
• Stylish architecture

Suitable for: filming, photo shooting, VIP events

 

 

 

 

Conference room in building C

Short description: The bright conference room is located in the office building designed by the architect Renzo Piano. The room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, offers unobstructed views of Piano Lake, where the windows can also be darkened if needed. With a size of 40 square meters, there is room for up to 10 people. Technologically fully equipped, it is suitable for smaller conferences and meetings. Through the wide window facade, the room looks bright and spacious.

Special features:

• spacious room with space for up to ten people
• bright and friendly atmosphere
• completely technologically equipped
• floor-to-ceiling windows

Suitable for: meetings, smaller conferences, photo shoots