Office building Budapester Straße 35
Location Budapester Str. 35, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Year 1st Prize Competition 2015, under construction
Client Vendita Budapester Str. 35 GmbH & Co KG, Frankfurt am Main
Project management XMP GmbH, Hamburg
In the middle of Berlin’s City West, at Olof-Palme-Platz with the elephant gate of the Zoologischer Garten, the striking red rotunda of the former headquarters of the Berliner Volksbank will be replaced by a contemporary office tower with an extensive urban presence. The new sculptural structure marks the exposed street corner at the intersection of the curved Budapester Strasse, Kurfürstenstrasse and Nürnberger Strasse. Due to its polygonal basic shape, the building creates a different impression depending on its location and viewing angle: Coming from the west, it is very present in its entire width, while coming from Nürnberger Strasse it is narrowly visible from the side. The irregular octagon fits perfectly into the unusual layout of the site and creates clear urban edges. It forms the head of the Berlin block from which it emerges as a striking high point. The sloping roof edges reflect the crystalline ground plan motif. The multi-layered plasticity of the façade with its slightly inclined levels – like a pleated fabric – lends depth to the building envelope. The exposed new skyscraper in the City West will extend the urban life of the Zoofenster and mark the transformation of the urban space visible from afar.
Team Erik Behrends, Florian Fels, Arno Löbbecke, Olaf Menk, Jens Schoppe, Jost von Fritschen, Stefan Schenk, Borja Solorzano, Nina Maria Damm, Matthias Cremer, Alexa Glaser, Andreas Hoppe, Sema Kaya, Johannes Klose, Alice Knoppek, Nesrin Kushku, Philipp ter Braake
Consultants FPB Freie Planungsgruppe Berlin mbH, Berlin (traffic planning) – GuD Planungsgesellschaft für Ingenieurbau mbH (structural engineering) – Flienert-Ingenieure, Berlin (prime contractor controlling) – Wolfgang Menzel, Berlin (fire safety engineering) – hhpberlin Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH (fire safety engineering) – HL-Technik Engineering GmbH, Munich (building services) – Priedemann Fassadenberatung GmbH, Berlin (façade consulting) – Müller BBM, Berlin (building physics) – BuroHappold Engineering, Berlin (LEED certification) – Kardoff Ingenieure GmbH, Berlin (light planning)