• Hackesches Quartier Berlin

Hackesches Quartier Berlin

The rounded forms of the office building follows the dynamic flow at this central hub of the “Hackesches Quartier” and completes the ensemble at its north-west corner. The diagonal struts of the exterior support structure break up the prescribed grid of 1.35 metres and create a contrast to the orthogonal rhythms in the façades of the adjacent buildings. At the same time, the flexible arrangement of dividing walls within the grid remain in place inside the building. Unlike classical staggered storeys, the orientation for the façade construction is provided by the two recessed storeys at the top of the building. Here the two diagonal struts that are tilted in two planes create a visual irritation reminiscent of M. C. Escher’s impossible spatial constructions.
Location Henriette-Herz-Platz 3, 10178 Berlin
Year Competition 2006, Completion 2011
Client Investitionsgesellschaft Hackesches Quartier mbH & Co. KG Berlin


Team Olaf Menk, Dominik Queck

Technical planners Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI, GmbH, Berlin (structural engineering) – Georg Mayer & Partner Beratende Ingenieure für Technische Gesamtplanung GmbH, Berlin (building services) – EGS-plan Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energie-, Gebäude- und Solartechnik mbH, Stuttgart (energy technology)

Photos Stefan Müller, Markus Löffelhardt, euroluftbild.de/Grahn und Grüntuch Ernst Architekten