GSW Headquarters

Address: Kochstrasse 22 | BERLIN | Germany
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5073, 13.3897

This design forms the extension to an office tower which was one of the first projects to be buiLt during the reconstruction of Berlin in the 1950s. The idea of historical conglomerate growth is taken up and promoted as a model for urban development.

So the new ensemble responds as much to the baroque logic of the street plan as it does to the rules of nineteenth-century urbanism, and it also absorbs the object-like quality of the 1950’s tower and registers the confrontational space which had developed between the high-rises either side of the Berlin Wall. In this combination of the disparate spatial configurations of consecutive generations, the new high-rise slab is the element associated with the present and the future.

The design of the high-rise slab is generated by a concern for the workplace in the city, and by a commitment to an architecture that is economical with the (built and natural) resources of the environment. This building not only offers an exemplary working environment in its passive control of energy consumption, but at the same time it redefines an architecture in which the value of sensuous space is reassessed.

⇒ Architecture Guide to BERLIN