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Project Architecture Company


Status: International Competition 2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Size: 11.000 m
Program: Exhibition and Convention Center

The area around Hauptbahnof in Berlin is experiencing a surge in development, transforming a previously underused area into a new city-wide destination. The site lies between the Reichstag and the main railway station along the River Spree. To capitalise on the site’s potential we propose to use the building as an ‘urban activator’ to link the city and waterfront.
To give the waterfront a sense of destination we minimised the buildings footprint creating a new urban plaza activated with public programs – café, foyer, shop, exhibitions, performances, as well as events. These activities will also spill out into the new plaza and the water front creating a new meeting point along the River Spree and in the city.

The building is composed of large gallery exhibition, meeting and auditorium boxes that float above the new foyer and plaza and are shifted to create new unexpected and unpredicatable synergies between the programs. The cafe and convention center step back at the top creating terraces allowing views towards the Reichstag and out over the city.