„THE QUALITY OF CITIES AND SQUARES CANNOT BE DESIGNED ON THE DRAWING BOARD; THEIR BEAUTY DEVELOPS OVER TIME.“
Renzo Piano, architect and chief planner of Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz is the beating heart of an exciting European capital – a world-class centre for international business, and a lively urban district of the highest standard. Every day, up to 100,000 people visit this square to savour its unique offering: offices, apartments, art, culture, entertainment, shopping, hotels, restaurants and services.
In addition, Potsdamer Platz is a vibrant place for people and businesses who want to play an active part in shaping the future. That’s why many leading international enterprises have chosen it for their headquarters.
total area of Potsdamer Platz
total office space at Potsdamer Platz
Shopping-Arkaden at Potsdamer Platz
underground parking spaces
Grand Hyatt Berlin
The Mandala Berlin
Potsdamer Platz theatre
Stage BLUEMAX theatre
Potsdamer Platz station
3 Ubitricity lanterns
DC fast-charging column
- Efficient and sustainable – German Green Building Council (DGNB) certification in silver
- Sophisticated ventilation and façade systems make use of natural fluctuations in light, air flow and temperature, halving primary energy requirements
- Carbon emissions in the district reduced by 70 per cent
- Eco-friendly, non-hazardous construction materials used
- 20 million litres of drinking water saved each year
- A pioneering waste disposal concept underlines the district’s eco-friendly credentials
THE GATEWAY TO THE CITYOriginally, Potsdamer Platz was a simple intersection just outside the city gates. However, with the opening of Potsdamer station in 1838, the area evolved from a quiet suburban spot with an almost rural feel to one of the most bustling neighbourhoods in Europe.
THE ROARING TWENTIESIn the 1920s, Potsdamer Platz was Europe’s busiest thoroughfare, with commuter trains, the underground, 26 trams and five bus lines passing through. The pentagonal-shaped tower erected in 1924 was essentially the first traffic light system in Europe and came to symbolise Berlin’s pioneering spirit. Potsdamer Platz was home to large hotels and played host to balls and receptions, making it a focal point for entertainment and a society hotspot.
DESTRUCTION AND DIVISIONPotsdamer Platz was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War: by 1945, only two buildings remained – one belonging to wine merchant Huth (Weinhaus Huth) and the Esplanade Hotel. The square entered the history books again in 1961 when it was divided by the Berlin Wall. No other section of the Wall had such a large area of no man’s land (referred to as “death strip” at the time). Every building within this strip was demolished – as the Iron Curtain reigned supreme for three decades.
NEW BEGINNINGSWhen the Wall fell on 9 November 1989, Potsdamer Platz immediately began to resume its role as a key urban hub. Just a few days later, a part of the Wall was torn down and a dug-out section of road concreted over to form a temporary passage between East and West Berlin.
A MEETING POINT AT THE HEART OF BERLINLeading architect Renzo Piano developed a blueprint for the district with the aim of creating “a 21st-century city”. His designs made Potsdamer Platz the most talked about construction site in Europe, and created a new focal point in the German capital. The square is not only a centre of spectacular architectural diversity; it is also a sought-after business hub and host to stand-out cultural events. The hordes of tourists that pass through each and every day are testament to the district’s international appeal.