Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the media company Axel Springer’s publishing building opening in Berlin, OMA has released plans for a new major campus to house 3,500 of its staff members. The new building aims to support the development of the company as it moves into greater digital operations. Situated across from the original Axel Spring headquarters, the building features a 35-meter-tall (115-foot-tall) atrium encased in a prismatic bubble of glass. The proposed designs show the atrium will be suspended in a rigid Brutalist-style gray facade, carved away in sections to reveal the tumbling panes of glass within.
Read more from today’s press release introducing the project:
“At a ceremony today, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Axel Springer’s publishing building, the media company officially launched the plan for their new Berlin project designed by OMA.
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer: ‘With our new building, we wish to bring the Axel Springer family in Berlin closer together while at the same time shaping the future of working in the digital world through architecture. It is about a symbolically powerful home, yet above all about a cultural transformation through radically modern workspaces.’
OMA won the competition for Axel Springer’s new building in 2014. The brief asked for a new space to house Axel Springer’s growing business divisions and digital offers while reflecting a modern working environment.
Rem Koolhaas: ‘Over the years, Berlin has been a profound source of inspiration, and with Axel Springer we are thrilled to continue our long engagement with this city. We are lucky to have a client who views architecture as an instrument of change, and with this building, we hope to address a central dilemma of the contemporary office: As computer-based work has become largely intangible and silent, how can people effectively communicate in a workspace which fosters both concentration and vigorous interaction?’
Located on the site of the former Linden park, opposite the existing Axel Springer headquarters on Zimmerstrasse, the building will be able to accommodate 3,500 employees. The design features a 30-meter-high [98-feet-high] atrium, with 3D facade elements, which runs diagonally through the center of the building. A park will be built on the roof, replacing the original. Both will be accessible to the public.”
The project is led by Rem Koolhaas, Chris van Duijn and Katrin Betschinger.