International Competition 2012
Berlin, Germany
11.000 m²
Exhibition and Convetion Center

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 building’s footprint creating a new urban plaza activated with public programs – café, foyer, shop, exhibitions, performances, as well as events. The building is composed of large interlocking boxes that contain galleries, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and auditorium. The boxes float above the new foyer and plaza and are shifted to create new unexpected and unpredictable synergies between the programs. The cafe and convention center step back at the top creating terraces to allow views out over the city.