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Flashback: Sony Center Berlin / Murphy Jahn

  • Architects: Murphy/Jahn
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Project Team: Helmut Jahn, Sam Scaccia, Philip Castillo, Dieter Zabel, Susan Pratt, Scott Pratt, Peter Hayes, Yorgo Lykourgiotis, Tony Pelipada, Andre Piraro, Carl D’Silva, Steffen Duemler, Andreas Hell, Oliver Henninger, Matthias Lassen, Sabine Robel, Bärbel Rudloff, Steven Nilles, Vincent Marani
  • Landscape Architect: Peter Walker & Partners
  • Structural Engineers: BGS Ingenieursozietät; Ove Arup & Partners
  • Mechanical Engineers: Jaros Baum & Bolles; Ingenieurgesellschaft Höpfner mbH
  • Owner: BE-ST Bellevuestrasse Development GmbH & Co., First Real Estate KG
  • Development Manager: TishmanSpeyer Properties
  • General Contrator: Hochtief AG. Berlin
  • Special Structures: erner Sobek Ingenieure GmbH
  • Façade Contractor: Josef Gartner & Co. Fa. Götz
  • Area: 1670000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Rainer Viertlbock

© Rainer Viertlbock © Rainer Viertlbock © Rainer Viertlbock © Rainer Viertlbock

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© Rainer Viertlbock
© Rainer Viertlbock


In the reconstruction of Berlin, Sony Center stands for a new technical vision and order. It is not a building, but a part of the city. External is the “real” city; internal is the “virtual” city. The Passages and Gates reinforce this transition from the real to the virtual world. Surrounding Sony Center are the traditional urban streets and spaces. Inside is a new type of covered, urban Forum for a changing cultural and social interaction of our time. The spatial dynamics and variety is contrasted by a minimal and technological attitude. Light, both natural and artificial, is the essence of the design. Sony Center is luminous, not illuminated. Façades and roof act as a fabric, which moderates the natural and artificial light. They become a screen. With its characteristics of transparency, permeability to light, reflection and refraction, there is a constant change of images and effects during day and night, effecting not only the appearance but also maximizing the comfort and minimizing the use of resources.

© Rainer Viertlbock
© Rainer Viertlbock

Text provided by Murphy Jahn.

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