Europacity: decision in architecture competition for Hochhaus Am Nordhafen
Berlin, 11 December 2018. In cooperation with the State of Berlin and the Mitte district, CA Immo organised a two-stage anonymous competition for the realisation of a high-rise building at Berlin's Nordhafen. One special feature of the competition was that in addition to 10 already-selected architectural offices a further 10 were chosen via an application procedure. Of these 10, five offices were then selected by lot. A total of 20 international architectural firms were each invited to develop a basic urban planning idea. These were then taken into the second stage of the actual architectural competition. Chaired by Prof. Johann Eisele (Darmstadt), the jury was unanimously in favour of the design by Kleihues + Kleihues.
In addition to the necessary functional and design qualities of Kleihues + Kleihues’ concept, the jury was particularly impressed by the references that the planned solitary building creates with its surroundings. A statement from the jury said: "As a free form, the building sits on the plot in such a way that it creates different open space situations: the forecourts to Heidestraße and Perleberger Straße, which act as a direct link to the Nordhafen basin, and a piazza-style access courtyard as a driveway to the west side. It goes without saying that this results in an ideal entrance situation, which is located at the intersection of the building's two three-winged sections of the ground plan." Furthermore, the design particularly impresses with its flexible ground plan, which allows all common office concepts from single rooms to open spaces in the same efficient form. A very high façade proportion of the conceivable workspaces also contributes to this, so that all office forms use only a minimum of internal areas.
The planned building will have gross floor space (GFS) of around 34,000 m². The design by Kleihues + Kleihues is staggered in three dynamic steps to a 69-metre-high end point in the north. The curved clinker brick façade, whose materiality creates an abstract reference to historic Berlin commercial buildings without sacrificing modernity and independence, is characteristic of the design language.
The construction site is located in the north of Europacity and directly borders the Nordhafen basin. In addition to a representative foyer with reception, Hochhaus Am Nordhafen will also have a conference centre with several meeting rooms. The concept also provides for co-working areas on the ground floor, bicycle parking and a large fitness area that will be accessible to all future tenants’ employees. The building is scheduled for completed in approx. 4.5 years, depending on market demand.
Facts and figures "Hochhaus Am Nordhafen":
Address: Europacity Berlin - Heidestraße/Perleberger Bridge
Size of plot: Approx. 7,800 m²
GFS: approx. 34,000 m²
Height: ca. 69 meters
Designated use: offices
Schedule: approx. 4.5 years to completion
Other entrants in the competition were:
AFF Architects / Harry Gugger Studio Ltd., Berlin/Basel
ATP Frankfurt / ATP Berlin, Frankfurt/Berlin
bof Architekten, Hamburg
C.F. Møller, Århus
Chaix & Morel, Paris/Berlin
CODE UNIQUE Architects GmbH, Dresden
GEORG SCHEEL WETZEL ARCHITEKTEN GMBH, Berlin
Hascher Jehle Design GmbH, Berlin
Henning Larsen Architects, Munich
KSP Jürgen Engel Architects, Berlin
Lehmann Architekten GmbH BDA, Offenburg/Berlin
Love architecture and urbanism zt GmbH / Architecture Consult ZT GmbH, Graz
Max Dudler, Berlin
Meixner Schlüter Wendt, Frankfurt am Main
Nieto Sobejano, Berlin
Schaltraum Architekten, Hamburg
SRA Architects, Châtillon
STRUCTURELAB – Architects, Düsseldorf
Thomas Müller Ivan Reimann Architects, Berlin
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