Hotel and office building in Berlin's KPM Quarter Berlin
Modern landmarks on royal grounds
At the edge of the Tiergarten, on the former site of the Royal Porcelain Factory, the KPM Quarter developed during the years 1995-2005. The new build forms the perimeter block development in the south-east. With its striking silhouette and a facade made of natural stone, the high-rise building is the embodiment of a gateway into the new district. The seven-storey building accommodates a business hotel and conference centre; a 35 metre high office block rises above it.
The pentagonal outline of the building, the high rise floors above and the areas used in a variety of ways, necessitated an obliquely angled, complex supporting structure of a reinforced concrete skeleton and an ingenious bracing system. The lavish, column-free foyer was the result of structural planning that integrated both architecture and building technology. Further essential components of the structural planning were the watertight two-storey underground carpark, the soundproofing requirements of a first class hotel, and the reinforced concrete cores in the safety stairwells of the office block for fire prevention.
- Structural Engineering