As a single tower block in Berlin Adlershof – a young district for science, industry and media – the solitary building with an urban presence is the first of a series of new and established industrial, office and commercial architecture.
Prominent hotel building
The hotel building in varying heights is an eye-catcher in the fast-developing centre of Adlershof. The high-rise lends an urban presence to the location on the fringe of the technology park. The design concept for the 23,607 square metre state-owned site – selected in an ideas competition – was derived from the special architectural and urban features of the location and land use plan designations.
The high-rise is located in the transitional zone between industry, research facilities and residential, where it gradually merges into the high-density city on a central axis with good public transport links. Adlergestell, a busy arterial road, and the S-Bahn tracks form a barrier to the residential development beyond. The high-rise serves as a vertical point of orientation in a heterogeneous urban design situation. The plans basically call for a 54-metre high slab on 13 floors, situated on a three-storey pedestal, creating a volume of unmistakeable presence with equal appeal on all sides. The volume is precisely geared to the functionality and economics of a hotel business. The space allocation plan is recognizable on the façade, and this layout typology permits efficient organization of the hotel. The project was designed for maximum flexibility, to ensure the long-term operation of the building.
The architectural vocabulary limits itself to the use of clearly distinguishable elements. Appropriate to the innovative location with its many high-tech companies and laboratories, the grid-style façade with an open rib structure of aluminium and rows of windows radiates precision, elegance and nonchalance. The tall façade of the hotel is subdivided according to the room configuration into horizontal strips of equal height and rectangles that build an enclosed space in interplay with flush-mounted, anodized aluminium panels and for the main part glazed window openings. This also permits the visual uniformity of different room heights for a variety of uses, such as the spacious Skylounge on the top floor.
As a striking urban figure in a row of new buildings, the hotel also satisfies the desire for self-representation, while at the same time lending the adjoining neighbourhood a widely visible, coherent identity. It creates a crossover to the S-Bahn, and the differentiated façade calls attention to Adlershof as a location for innovation. Public uses at street level contribute to the revitalization of the entrance area to the adjoining S-Bahn station. In addition, the open square featuring a 200-year-old oak tree is an important new urban space.
Landmark for a science location"
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