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.
New Build Axel Springer Media Center www.axelspringer.com
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 www.oma.com
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.