The prominent tower is the gateway into Berlin’s new Europacity district and forms a triad with neighboring high-rises to enhance the district’s profile.
The façade structure gives the high-rise an elegant, precise expression. While the upper floors have a smooth surface thanks to a dense configuration of porcelain rods, the façade gradually takes on a more sculptural effect approaching the ground floor. Here the rods disperse, hanging in front of the building like a fine-spun curtain. To enable panoramic views across Berlin, the upper floors have only isolated opaque vertical panels. This grid pattern mediates between the two neighboring buildings, the Tour Total with its vertical orientation and the 50 Hertz Tower that emphasizes the horizontal. Using porcelain as the material for the rods gives the façade a graceful, high-end character in contrast to the more industrial look of the other two towers clad in metal and concrete.
The office space within the high-rise is arranged around a compact core, giving occupants greater flexibility to accommodate diverse workplace scenarios of the future – everything from cellular offices to an open plan layout. The complex consists of a high rise and a five-story pedestal, with a central atrium at its core. The atrium acts as a communicative hub and occupies the entire cross section of the complex, providing a frontage towards both Europaplatz Square and the interior courtyard.
General Planning 2017, 1st prize
Investor: CA IMMO
Gross floor area: 31165 m²
Gross volume: 112884 m³
Sauer, Manfred (Team Leader)
Fuchs Lee, Ulrike (Project Leader)
Bona Gallego, Edurne
Escolano Bort, Esther
Wagner, Alexandra (Design Direction)
Vogeley, Philipp (Lead)
Welzien, Janosch (Project Leader)
Bona Gallego, Edurne
Topotek 1, Berlin / Generalplanungspartner (Landschaftsarchitektur)
Knippers Helbig GmbH, Berlin (Façade design)
RSP Remmel + Sattler Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt (Structural design)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, München (Energy planning)
Topotek 1, Berlin (Landscape design)
Hagen Ingenieurgesellschaft für Brandschutz mbH, Kleve (Fire proofing)
Matthes Max Modellbau GmbH, München (Model making)
ArtefactoryLab, Paris (Visualization)