OMA’s winning proposal to expand the Berlin headquarters of multimedia company Axel Springer has beat off competition from BIG and Buro Ole Scheeren.
The firm’s concept featured a building comprising of a 30m-high atrium that integrates its interior to the existing Springer office building located next door.
The task for the project was to develop a structure that sets new standards in terms of internal atmosphere and room layout. OMA proposed a series of tiered floors that extend out to the external terraces.
Upon hearing about OMA’s triumph, Rem Koolhaas said: “It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, for a client who has mobalised architecture to help perform a radical change: a workplace in all its dimensions.”
“Rem Koolhaas drafted a building which only on second sight reveals its secret, architecturally formulating a new kind of collaborative working at its core,” said Regula Lüscher, director of the city’s urban development department.
She added: “The concept offers a strong symbolic force as it leads the course of the Berlin Wall diagonally through the building, thereby creating an atrium and spectacular interior, which addresses the unification of this city.”