Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Civic cosmopolitan plaza

Concept

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

Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin

Project period

2003 - 2007

Size

36.000 m²

Type

Public spaces & squares

Location

Germany

Competition

1. prize, 2004

Realisation

WES & Partner

Partners

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

Photos

Jürgen Voss

Project pictures

Publications

 

 

 

Book

Architektur-
führer
Berlin-Mitte

Dom Publishers, 2008

Author: Dorothee Dubrau

Alexanderplatz
Berlin

Project presentation