Alexanderplatz

Berlin, Germany
Photo © Juergen Voss
© Juergen Voss
Photo © Juergen Voss
Photo © Juergen Voss
Photo © Juergen Voss
Visualization © WES LandscapeArchitecture
Photo © Juergen Voss
Site plan
© WES LandscapeArchitecture
Landscape Architects
WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Location
Berlin, Germany
Year
2007

Alexanderplatz is a cosmopolitan square, a place of communication, a stage for all social classes. In contrast to the Marx-Engels-Forum, which is dominated by greenery, it has been built as a stone plaza.

The spacious square with a grid made up of large slabs provides an adequate basis for the diversity and structure of the facades overlooking the square and has a calm, uniform appearance.

The world clock, the Fountain of Friendship amongst Peoples, as well as the stairs leading down to the metros, all protected monuments, have been integrated into the square as a historical reminiscence. With the bases, made of lighter coloured natural stone, they are like playing pieces on a stage – not organized according to any visible principle and scattered across the square.

“(…) the concept is convincing due to the impact of the design, which harmoniously combines elegance with the raw and lively character of a city plaza, for which this place has stood ever since Döblin’s novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz. (…)” Excerpt from jury protocol

Client
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin

Project period
2003-2007

Size
36.000 m²

Competition
1st prize, 2004 „Freiraumplanerischer Ideen- und Realisierungswettbewerb Alexanderplatz“

Realisation
WES & Partner

Partner
gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg
Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH, Berlin
Hans-Hermann Krafft, Berlin

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