Linkstrasse Buildings, Daimler Office Berlin

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Linkstrasse Buildings Berlin

Daimler Chrysler Office Development in Berlin, Germany – design by architect Richard Rogers

page updated 25 Jul 2016 ; 5 Sep 2009

Linkstrasse Buildings

Daimler Chrysler Office and Retail Photos © Adrian Welch

Daimler Office & Retail Blocks, Linkstrasse, Potsdamer Platz
Date built: 1999
Design: Richard Rogers Partnership, London, England (since reformed as RSHP)

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In 1991 the city authorities opted for a conservative masterplan for the redevelopment of the devastated Potsdamer Platz quarter of Berlin (close to the former line of the Berlin Wall), rejecting more radical proposals including those initially submitted by RSHP.

A further competition for the Daimler Chrysler site was won by Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker. RSHP was subsequently commissioned to design three buildings on the site with a total area of 57,800 m².

The brief stipulated that designs work within the context of the traditional Berlin square block, with buildings no more than nine storeys high formed around potentially oppressive internal courts. To one side, the buildings had to address an enclosed retail arcade raised several storeys above ground level. Working within these constraints, the practice was able to subtly subvert the municipal masterplan to produce buildings of strikingly contemporary appearance which, most significantly, utilised a low-energy servicing agenda.

Daimler Chrysler Office and Retail by RSHP

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Adjacent design to the south:

Apartment and Office Building, Linkstrasse 6, Tiergarten
Date built: 1995-98
Design: Richard Rogers Partnership

Linkstrasse 6

Location: east side of the Potsdamerplatz group

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Debis Building by Renzo Piano
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