Office High-rise at Nordhafen – 2018

The high-rise at Nordhafen will be an urban focal point, marking the beginning of Europacity from the north. The design is characterized by it’s stepped volumes and three sweeping, star-shaped building sections. As a result, a sequence of surfaces of varying lengths rythmically order the approximately 120-meter-long façade. This soft countenance, which is further enhanced through its structureing into base, middle and top sections give the distinctive building a sense of scale and elegance without ignoring the existing context. The effect is reinforced by the slender façade grid: a brick structure laid over the building like a net and substantially supporting the flowing movement of the building. Outwardly, this formal uniformity creates a well-proportioned and, above all, hierarchical ensemble of buildings, that still always expresses a clear identity to the buildings users in both multi-tenant and single-tenant arrangements.

The new building fully serves the future user’s claim to a representative cultural landmark but also their claim to all functional aspects of a contemporary and dynamic office building. By designing a monolithic structure, maximum contiguous areas ranging from 1,000 m² to 2,500 m² can be arranged with only two circulation cores, guaranteeing maximum flexibility. Since there are no backsides – another advantage of the star-shaped volume – a dynamic building emerges, which can be appreciated from all sides and forms attractive public spaces around itself that support clear entrance situations. All in all, the picture emerges of a powerful building that, despite a quiet, unruffled and timeless objective architectural language, is a self-assured icon, which not only asserts itself in the urban context, but also engages with the contextual urban ensemble.

Architect : Jan Kleihues

Location : Perleberger Straße / Heidestraße, 10557 Berlin

Client: CA Immo Deutschland GmbH

Competition : 2018, 1. Preis

GFA:  41.000 m²

Type of use: Office