Axel Springer Media Center, Berlin

On Zimmerstrasse, a street that previously separated East from West Berlin, OMA designs a modern and vibrant workspace for Axel Springer Media Company. The building contains a large central atrium dedicated to creative and collaborative work, especially in the context of digital innovation. It is one of the largest open spaces in Europe.

Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThe 52 000 m² new headquarters of the multimedia group Axel Springer houses 3 500 employees on eleven floors, distributed around a vast central atrium. The Axel Springer Campus also has a 4 000 m² roof garden (not visible from the street)..
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinPerspective view on the geometrically inclined glass panels of the large atrium of the headquarters.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinEach floor contains a covered part as a traditional work environment, which opens up onto the terraces of a 45-meter-high central atrium. A glass news bridge floats in the middle of the atrium.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinView onto the asymmetrical terraced floors which form the “digital valley”.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinAcoustic absorption of the eleven ceiling soffits of the interconnected terraces.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThree levels can be accessed by the public: ground floor lobby, meeting bridge, and roof-top bar. From the meeting bridge one can see the daily functioning of the company. The ground floor contains studios, event and exhibition spaces, canteens and restaurants.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinThree levels can be accessed by the public: ground floor lobby, meeting bridge, and roof-top bar. From the meeting bridge one can see the daily functioning of the company. The ground floor contains studios, event and exhibition spaces, canteens and restaurants.
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Axel Springer Media Center, BerlinAcoustic absorption material detail on some of the walls.
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Information Sheet

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Location   Berlin, Germany.

Project Cost   180 million €.

Time Frame   Competition: 2013. Design: 2014-2015. Construction: 2015-2018. Opening: October 2020.

Owner   Axel Springer AG.

Architect(s)   Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Rotterdam.

Seat Count   All the facilities of the eleven-storey building are distributed across interconnected terraces around a 25-metre high atrium. The latter is the key component around which 25 000 m² of office units accommodates 3 500 employees. Apart from these units, the building contains a ground floor lobby with event spaces, a meeting bridge, a roof top bar with a pool, a kindergarten, media rooms, TV broadcasting studios (N24), and the Axel Springer Akademie. Approximate total gross floor area 82 000 m².

Uses   The building creates additional space for the company's growing business divisions, particularly its digital departments.

Services   The mission is to create comfortable room acoustic conditions throughout the building, including in the atrium and in the open plan offices, where suitable speech intelligibility, privacy and sound levels are required in order to offer the best working conditions.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Thomas Wulfrank and Juan Óscar García Gómez, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with KNP Building Physics and Transsolar for building acoustics and thermal insulation.

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