J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten has recently been announced as the winner of the invited competition for Volt Berlin, a new concept for a location for shopping and urban experience near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz.
The new complex was envisioned as an experience cluster aimed at adventurous visitors with a focus on smart urban lifestyle. The winning project is a fusion concept that combines a hotel, a multi-brand store, and various experiential offerings and events.
The large building complex is organized based on the various usages in several smaller boxes that are placed in an uneven grid.
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.
Located at the level of the train viaduct, a large space 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.’
Location: Alexanderstraße/Voltairestraße, Berlin-Mitte, Germany
Invited Competition 2014, 1st Prize
J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten, Jürgen Mayer H.
Competition Team: Christoph Emenlauer, Simon Kassner, Bart van den Hoven, Mehrdad Mashaie, Mael Kang, Paul Angelier, Julien Sarale
Client: TKN Real Estate Solutions AG in cooperation with Jochen Schweizer Projects AG
Fire Security Consultant: KLW Ingenieure GmbH
Structural Engineer: Knippers Helbig GmbH
Building Service Engineer: Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH
Cost Planning: Jablonka Sieber Partner Architekten
Engineering Consultant, Escalators and Elevators: Lüsebrink Ingenieure VBI
Total Floor Area: approx. 29.500 m²
Retail Space: approx. 13.000 m²
Gastronomy: approx. 2.000 m²
Hotel: approx. 7.500 m²
*All images and information courtesy of J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten.