Highly visible as a solitary building on the Berlin skyline, the office tower “upbeat” will form the northern gateway to the prosperous Europacity neighbourhood of the central district Berlin Mitte. The building has been designed by the renowned Berlin architects Kleihues + Kleihues. The planned building is staggered over three building sections from 5 to 11 to 19 storeys and will have a total rental space of around 29,000 m².
The studio of architects Kleihues + Kleihues was the winner of an international, two-staged architecture competition. The design involves three curved building volumes with a sprawling star-shaped floor plan and a 69 metre tower.
The floors of the three building parts are linked on the vertical plane, thus allowing for a wide variety of office sizes. The bottom five floors are a distinctive feature on today’s real estate market in Berlin, with a total rental space of up to around 2,200 m² per level. Larger rental spaces can be created through the vertical connection. On the sixth to eleventh floor, 1,500 m² per floor can be realised and in the tower 700 m² per floor. The fifth and eleventh floors also have access to large roof-top terraces with a view of the neighbourhood and harbour.
The flexible floor plans of the building allow for efficient solutions regarding all current conventional office-space concepts, from individual offices to combination solutions to open space. Because the facade is largely made of glass and thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light can reach deep into the building.
As a free form, the building sits on the plot in such a way that it creates different open space situations. It goes without saying that this results in entrance situations that are ideally located at the intersection of the building’s two three-winged sections of the floor plan. Forecourts on Heidestraße and Perleberger Straße are created for pedestrians and cyclists, which act as a direct link to the Nordhafen basin. In addition, there is a square-like driveway for cars and taxis at the back of the building.
The lobby, which is approx. 800 m² in size, has a lounge area and a public café, where tenants are offered alternative informal meeting places and communication zones. In addition, a direct entrance to the first floor can be created here, which as a special floor can be used as a conference centre, cafeteria or fitness area.
The two-storey underground garage – where a large part of the building technology is located – has a total of 140 car parking spaces, 10 of which have e-charging stations and 23 of which are for people with disabilities. Furthermore, 310 bicycle parking spaces are located here. Deliveries will be made to the first basement level.
Through the immediate vicinity to Heidestraße, upbeat is ideally located for local and regional traffic. Heidestraße connects Europacity with the entire city as thoroughfare B96. Potsdamer Square and City West, as well as the airport and eastern districts of the city can be reached in minutes by car. Thanks to the proximity of Berlin’s main train station (10 minutes on foot), the building is ideally connected to public transportation, as well as regional and intercity rail networks.