J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt Berlin,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid.
LocationAlexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin, Germany
PhotographsJ. Mayer H.
Architect in ChargeJürgen Mayer H.
Competition TeamChristoph Emenlauer, Simon Kassner, Bart van den Hoven, Mehrdad Mashaie, Mael Kang, Paul Angelier, Julien Sarale
ClientTKN Real Estate Solutions AG, Jochen Schweizer Projects AG
Fire Security ConsultantKLW Ingenieure GmbH
Structural EngineerKnippers Helbig GmbH
Building Service EngineerTranssolar Energietechnik GmbH
Cost PlanningJablonka Sieber Partner Architekten
Engineering Consultant, Escalators and ElevatorsLüsebrink Ingenieure VBI
Retail Space13,000 m2
“One particularly striking aspect of the design is the luminous horizontal glazed line that runs like a tension fissure all the way through the building,” described J. Mayer H. “This intermediate space, located at the level of the train viaduct, will host the center’s most important attractions: indoor-skydiving and a surf wave. This energy line will exude into the urban space around the center, while Berlin and the immediate area around Alexanderplatz will always be present as a location and a backdrop.”