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Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition

Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition
Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition, Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger

In a competition that ultimately crowned Frank Gehry as winner, Berlin’s Barkow Leibinger placed third with their 150-meter “faceted stacked building” proposal clad in glass. Aimed to be Berlin’s tallest building, the apartment and hotel tower is planned to be the city’s first high-rise residential development since the 1970s. 

Perspective from KarlMarx. Image Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Perspective from KarlMarx. Image Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger

From the Architect: Like Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz this is not the site of an historical Berlin or a place for sentimentality. It will never be a beautiful, harmonic, unified whole or a “stadtkrone”. Rather it is a place that will continue to reflect the dissonance, fragmentation, and layered nuances of a truly modern pathos.

In response a 150-meter tower we proposed of facetted stacked building volumes clad in glass that respond to, and mediate, a wildly diverse urban context. Further articulation of the tower, such as the folded facades and balconies, make dwelling apparent. This, the first tower in a master plan established in 1993, anticipates a future of high rises in Berlin/ Alexanderplatz that rethinks what a high rise might mean in a city with no built historical precedents.

Apartment. Image Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Apartment. Image Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger

The diversely sized stacked volumes that make up the tower rotate slightly, step by step, in relationship to each other on a trapezoid shaped site, responding to a multitude of views and orientations. The tower marks a logical spatial conclusion to the Karl-Marx Allee, while helping define Alexanderplatz spatially. The large bulk of the tower is domestically scaled-down by the stacked volumes and folded facades, which simultaneously generate exterior spaces (loggias), floor to ceiling glazing for improved views over the city, and optimum orientations to the sun while protecting from strong winds.

A tower of glass that is both transparent and reflective further mediates between the public urban realm and the private interior one. Glass situates the tower urbanistically, while reflecting upon itself the dynamic cacophony that characterizes Alexanderplatz.

  • Competition

    Residential High-rise Berlin-Alexanderplatz
  • Award

    Third Place
  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger
  • Design Team

    Michael Ahlers, Sebastian Awick, Martina Bauer, Sonia Cohan, Thomas Day, Nadja Jeske, Daria Khapalova, Jonathan Kleinhample, Elizaveta Mosina, Blake Villwock, Tobias Wenz, Jens Weßel
  • Client

    Hines Immobilien GmbH
  • Structural Engineering

    B+G Ingenieure Bollinger + Grohmann GmbH, Berlin
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Rentschler und Riedesser, Filderstadt
  • Energy Design

    Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Stuttgart
  • Façade Consultant

    B+G Ingenieure Bollinger + Grohmann GmbH, Berlin
  • Fire Protection Consultant

    hhpberlin, Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Berlin
  • Cost Consultant

    BAL Bauplanungs und Steuerungs GmbH, Berlin
  • Traffic Consultant

    R+T Topp, Huber-Erler, Hagedorn, Darmstadt
  • Elevator Consultant

    Jappsen Ingenieure GmbH, Berlin
  • Area

    47910.0 sqm

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Barkow Leibinger Places Third in Berlin’s Tallest Tower Competition" 08 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/474873/barkow-leibinger-places-third-in-berlin-s-tallest-tower-competition/> ISSN 0719-8884
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