This building complex is located on the site of the former Osthafen (“East Port”) along the River Spree on the border between the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, which currently form together one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods with high development potential and great popularity, particularly among the younger. Excellent public transport connections with commuter and underground lines – Warschauer Straße, Ostkreuz and Schlesisches Tor stations all within walking distance – as well as numerous bus routes complete the location’s excellent appeal. In accordance with official guidelines, the seven-storey building adapts to the existing Osthafen structures in terms of alignment, cubage and design. At the same time it represents an independent architectural structure, designed to the highest standards. The building is reached via the new Hafenstraße, running parallel to Stralauer Allee as part of the framework development planning. The building’s rough shape is a box with three similar façades and one open, structured side towards the River Spree. The water façade to the south is fully glazed; in front is a gallery-like balcony spanning the width of the building and faced with a structure that serves as a fixed sunscreen, comprising slim, vertically S-shaped profiles and horizontal beams at different spacing. The three other façades are divided by short strip windows, switching positions at each level, and are clad in glazed ceramic elements in various red tones. The supporting structure is reinforced concrete with internal pillars and bracing stairwell cores.
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