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Kubus Berlin Building

Competition Winner by 3XN in Berlin, Germany

31 Mar 2020
Cube Berlin, Washington Platz
Design: 3XN, Architects, Denmark
Cube Berlin Washington Platz building
photograph © Adam Mørk
Cube Berlin Building

page updated 25 Jul 2016 ; 27 Mar 2009

’Der Cube’ building

Location: Washington Platz
Design: 3XN

Kubus Berlin building, Washington Platz 3XN Architects

For Deutsche Bahn, Architecture competition winner
Also competing were Auer+Weber, Foster + Partners and Dominique Perrault

Client: Vivico
Prize: 1. Prize, international competition 2007
Size: 19,000 m2

3XN‘s Kubus is located on Washington Platz next to the largest central station in Europe, Lehrter Bahnhof, surrounded by the reunited Germany’s new government buildings, Parliament and the famous Tiergarten.

Kubus Berlin building, Washington Platz 3XN Architects

The brief unites the significant geometric shape with a sculptural expression on the facades. The interior of the building concentrates on openness and dynamism, and a tall central atrium with four plateaus opens it up toward the surrounding city.

There has been much focus on knowledge sharing as well as on an stimulating working environment with many attractive zones and possibilities for choosing between formal meetings and informal encounters. The ground floor comprises a large, semi-public lobby for exhibitions, auditoriums, activity zones for children etc.

Kubus Berlin building, Washington Platz 3XN Architects

The main structure of the building is shaped like a cross with four bearing storey decks. The storey decks rotate around the axis of the house like a fan, creating a natural upward helix structure which enables the interior of the building to be used more efficiently. This also increases the flexibility of the house, as it makes it possible to establish office zones wherever needed.

Der Cube Berlin building design by 3XN Architects

3XN takes the traditional storey decks and rotates every other of them around the atrium, which is open to the roof, thus creating four plateaus that are four-times normal floor height. This solution provides more space to the office zones and illuminates each plateau, including the meeting facilities around the centre of the house.

The atrium ties together the four plateaus and ensures visual as well as physical connections all over the building. Formal and informal meeting rooms and meeting zones, small office zones and large open office spaces can be established and changed without restraint according to the various needs.

Kubus Berlin building, Washington Platz 3XN Architects

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Location: Washington Platz, Berlin, Germany, western Europe

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