Smart monolith in the heart of Berlin

Cube Berlin is a smart offices building designed by 3XN Architects and destined to become a new icon of the German capital.

Located on Washington Platz adjacent to the Main Railway Station and overlooking the Federal Government complex across River Spree, this project aims to become a landmark of the new ‘Europa City’ district. A key aspect of the project was to reconcile architecture and public realm in order to conceive a new square in a prominent site in Berlin. This space is not defined in terms of boundaries but as being articulated by a center in the most primitive sense, a kind of monolith with a strong formal and tectonic autonomy bringing order and a sense of place to the environs.

Cube Berlin, project by 3xn architects. Photo Adam Mørk.

No single of the four facades of the building predominates, when you emerge from the Main Railway station an oblique approach has an effect of guiding the observer further in a space that is based on dynamic perception and from which you can contemplate one of the most recognizable skylines in Europe, including the Reichstag dome, Potsdamerplatz or the Fernsehturm on the horizon.

A sense of depth is also generated via the fragmented reflection of the environments on the facades. The sculptural effect is amplified by the fact that the glass facades have been fractured into triangular planes. The familiarity and simplicity of a perfect cube-shaped form has been altered by these highly impactful geometric manipulations. A painstaking design that holds a strong identity when observed as a whole as well as close up and in detail.

Cube Berlin
Berlin, Germany
3xn architects
Architect Souterrain:
Maedebach & Redeleit Architekten
Structural Engineers:
Remmel + Sattler Ingenieurgesellschaft
Facade Engineering:
Facade Maintenance Consultant:
TAW Weisse
CA Immo, Thing-it and Drees & Sommer
Fire Engineering:
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers:

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