Perfectly fits into a complex part of the city
Berlin has had a new landmark since June 2015: HumboldtHafenEins. This office building is the first large scale project by the German OVG Bischoff, part of OVG Real Estate, in Germany.
This remarkable building is situated in the middle of the city, near the historic grounds, where the Berlin Wall once stood. Meanwhile the area has an international appeal and some of Germany’s most important government buildings are located there. HumboldtHafenEins has a remarkable design that on the one the hand is striking, and on the other hand fits well within the area, straight after completion.
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten
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12 June 2015
Sustainable and premium work area
HumboldtHafenEins has a remarkable design, which on the one hand is striking, and on the other hand fits well into the area straight after completion.
HumboldtHafenEins is situated on historical ground: at the time the spot where the Berlin Wall stood, is now the centre of power of Germany with, for example, the Reichstag and the ministries of the federal government just around the corner.
The building does not only house offices, but also has a partly public function. On the Uferpromenade, various restaurants and cafes are located.
The facade has triple glazed windows: it is one of the applications that makes the HumboldtHafenEins the greenest building of Berlin and puts this in Germany’s top 10.
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten managed to create a design that closely matches Berlin’s cityscape.
Special part of Berlin
HumboldtHafenEins is situated on a historical spot in terms of recent world history, although the modern surroundings wouldn’t immediately remind you of that.
Sealed off by The Wall
During World War II, the commanders of Nazi-Germany settled in this area. Throughout the war years, this area was heavily bombed by the Allies. After the war, when Berlin was divided into four zones, this part of the city belonged to East-Berlin. In 1961 it was radically sealed off from the rest of the city by The Wall.
Deserted, but not forgotten
The fall of The Wall, in 1989, was the starting point to reunite East and West Germany, including Berlin. Initially the area around the Spree was a forgotten part of the city. But the immediate surroundings became the symbol of the new chapter in German history: the federal government settled there and the nearby Potsdamer Platz was transformed into a worldly part of the city. That’s when the current location of HumboldtHafenEins came in sight.
Meanwhile the HumboldtHafenEins is situated in the very heart of Berlin: Europe’s largest and most modern train station, Hauptbahnhof, is just around the corner. HumboldtHafenEins has every imaginable connection, from local to international, at its doorstep, including Germany’s most important institutions and buildings. In short, a place of international stature.
for the city
HumboldtHafenEins adds a building to the city that is on the one hand very striking and on the other hand seamlessly fits into the existing surroundings.
Berlin has a strict urban development policy which requires new buildings to fit in. Part of the procedure includes a contest whereby various parties must present their design to a panel. Seven architects joined, including KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, the ultimate winner. In 2011, the panel chose this design, as it fits perfectly into the complex urban development situation. Furthermore, the demands from the local government were cleverly interpreted and even pushed into a new direction, according to the panel. On 5 September 2013 the foundation stone was laid and within two years PwC moved into the building, as the main tenant.
Design in image
Multifunctional crowd puller
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten managed, by using the design of HumboldtHafenEins, to design a building that meets the demands of various users.
UrbanismPrior to the Construction, the panel assessed the design on fitting into the urban development guidelines.
Meander shapeThe design of the multifunctional building includes a so-called meander shape, which creates space for three separate yards, in a natural way.
Open structureThe complex exists of seven floors and three courtyards. This open structure creates light and panoramas in the offices.
CourtyardsOne of the courtyards leads to the water and connects Alexanderufer with the Uferpromenade. Here one can find cafes and restaurants, accessible for everyone.
Greenest office building
HumboldtHafenEins is the most sustainable building of Berlin. Based on the so-called ‘trias ecologica’, all details of the project were reviewed in order to keep the ecological footprint as compact as possible: materials, technology and energy consumption.
Clever use of materials
The construction is such, that a minimum of materials could be used. In addition, the chosen materials were selected for their long life cycle and minimal CO2-emission. The glues and coatings used are, as such, harmless to the environment.
HumboldtHafenEins operates on intelligent technology. The lights automatically react to the quantity of daylight and temperature regulation of individual workplaces can be operated by any employee.
HumboldthafenEins is equipped with an entirely sustainable power supply: it has a cogeneration plant, using bio-gas, a vent system that re-generates warmth (energy) and heat/cold storage in the ground.
Perfectly fits into
a lively part of the city
Because of the unique location the project HumboldtHafenEins had to be developed, taking a large number of preconditions into account. The local government guarantees the appearance and uniqueness of the area, by requiring every project to comply with a number of urban design guidelines. Within this framework, OVG Real Estate, joined by the architects of KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, came up with a creative plan, which was amazing and also gave credit to the exceptional location where the project was realised.
“With the HumboldtHafenEins project, OVG sets new standards in the field of sustainable development”Michael Müller, Berlin senator urban development
HumboldtHafenEins is on the one hand unique in its design and at the same time a natural part of the skyline on the so called Spreebogen, the bends in the River Spree.
Also the partly public function of the building makes it fit perfectly into Mitte: the part of the city that hosts a great number of functions too, from working to recreation, from state administration to culture. The building which requires a bypass, is no obstacle to pedestrians, yet it is an integral part organically fitting into the urban landscape through which they move.