The corner of Bundesallee and Meierottostraße in Berlin-Wilmersdorf was once a well-known location for night owls, who flocked to the legendary soul discotheque "Big Apple" until it burned down completely after a big fire in 1978.
Today, the property along Pariser Strasse and Meierottostrasse is bordered by a Wilhelminian block perimeter development with apartments, offices and shops. Administration and office buildings dominate along Bundesallee, with the 13-story IBB office tower on the opposite side of the street providing a particularly striking appearance.
Most recently, the 1960s building was demolished and replaced by an 8-story hotel and a 7-story office building according to the plans of Eike Becker_Architekten. The new building will reconnect Pariser Straße and Bundesallee, freeing the complex from its dead-end existence.
The corner of Bundesallee number 13 and Hohenzollerndamm number 1 will house a hotel by the Foremost Group, with 176 rooms and a restaurant on the ground floor, and Pariser Str 1/Meierottostraße 8 will be turned into an office building with a coffee shop on the ground floor and a striking cantilever towards the Spichernstraße U-Bahn station.
This building meets the highest standards of flexibility and sustainability, with room layouts easily adaptable to a diverse range of user needs. Single, double, team, group or combination offices offer tailor-made solutions for the most diverse requirements. Hot desking, dedicated desks and private offices can alternate to create a new ecosystem of work.
In addition, the buildings will feature environmentally friendly district heating, water-flow heating/cooling sails on the ceilings, heat recovery as a closed-loop system, individually opening window panels and plenty of room for ideas. It has been designed to comply with DNGB standards (gold), which means that ambitious criteria in terms of not only eco-friendliness, but also socio-cultural impact must be met.
In a prime city centre location, this will create 11,332 m2 GFA of space for around 650 high-quality new jobs.
The delicate façade with generous glass panes, aluminium profiles and mouldings made of fibre concrete gives the building a unique appearance. Bright pilaster strips of different depths create a dynamic play of light and shadow. The façade is inspired by textile weaving patterns, which are architecturally reinterpreted and illustrate the building's structure in all of its diversity.