Europacity Berlin
Europacity Berlin

This design for Eu­ropac­i­ty is one for the 21st century. Prof. Carl Fingerhut, member of the jury for the 2008 com­pe­ti­tion

Europacity Berlin

CA IMMO Deutsch­land


520.000 sqm GFA

Land Berlin
Deutsche Bahn AG


Just a few minutes’ walk from the German Reichstag, the Spree­bo­gen was an important part of the Berlin wall from 1961 to 1989. The opening of the main station in 2006 rep­re­sent­ed a decisive boost for the re­struc­tur­ing of the no-man’s land between In­vali­den­straße, Per­leberg­er Brücke, Fern­bah­n­trasse and Spandauer Schiff­fahrt­skanal. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Urban Catalyst Studio and ARGUS Urban and Transport Planning, ASTOC won the in­ter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion for one of the last areas of the former section of the wall in 2008. In the crosshairs between the gov­ern­ment district, the main station and the Hamburger Bahnhof museum, a major urban quarter is being created with an art campus, restau­rants, apart­ments, offices and public spaces. With ASTOC’s un­der­stand­ing of urban planning, the design picks up on the European nature of the urban structure and uses this stable foun­da­tion to expand on it with nuanced moods in different districts.

Char­ac­ter­is­tics such as its location by the water and his­tor­i­cal traces are included in the master plan to define the cityscape. Old logistics ware­hous­es such as the corn testing warehouse will be converted to galleries and remind visitors of the eventful history of the site. The un­de­vel­oped bank of the river will be re­designed to become a public promenade. Major city edifices offering office use hold their own at Hamburger Bahnhof and Nordhafen against an en­vi­ron­ment dominated by the traffic. Com­mer­cial buildings along the line of the tracks shield the res­i­den­tial complexes from the traffic noise. The spectrum of open spaces ranges from stone sur­round­ings at the Art Campus, green inner court­yards in the res­i­den­tial quarters to the public park to the north. The multi-faceted interplay between developed and open spaces enriches the trans­for­ma­tion of the former no-man’s land into a thriving district only a few steps from one of Europe’s most important traffic in­ter­sec­tions.

Europacity Berlin