TOPOTEK 1 about the project
What was the greatest challenge in planning and later implementation? What were the reasons for the chosen design and what was your intention?
One of the main challenges of this project was to contrast the artificial character of the place with an identity-creating moment. The use of local granite slabs and stones in the classic laying pattern allows this place to be recognized and experienced as an authentic part of Berlin’s public urban space.
At what point did it become clear to you that the project could only succeed with natural stone? What is the fascination of natural stone for you?
TOPOTEK 1 was convinced from the start that the “Mercedes Platz” project could only succeed with a strong Berlin reference. The material mainly used in Berlin’s public urban area is granite (paving, pork bellies, bollards, etc.), we use this typical local material in the classic way of laying in order to give the square a distinctive feature and to identify it as part of the public.
Project description of TOPOTEK 1
With the “Berlin Entertainment District” on the former industrial area of the Ostgüterbahnhof, Berlin’s city center has an additional entertainment mile.
The development of the area with two buildings facing north-south creates an open space with an underground car park, which, as an extension, leads in the middle to the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Our concept divides the existing total area into two main usage areas .
While the Main Plaza in the center of the entertainment district describes a lively, variable event area, the quiet Local Plaza in the south serves as a forecourt and urban lounge area.
The Main Plaza, paved with large-format granite slabs and covered with a field of water fountains that can be driven by heavy loads, offers a welcome range of activities for children and young people. The square area of the Local Plaza, on the other hand, is planted with numerous pre-cultivated plane trees.
The planting and the double benches specially developed for this place calm the square and reduce the scale given by the monumental architecture.