The new headquarter of the renowned german publisher Suhrkamp AG at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte, designed by Bundschuh Architekten, is part of an urban complex of three buildings around a public square.
The site was formerly occupied by a dense housing and commercial block by Hans Poelzig. The reconstruction of the block edge opens up, therefore the public space is expanded, creating a south-oriented square. The publishing house shields the square from busy roads, thus completing the urban concept of the historical structure. The seven-storey publishing house provides approximately 4,500 sqm usable space for all employees of the Suhrkamp AG. On the ground floor a café and terrace invite to linger. The two-storey building has a connection to the public passage, which is beeing linked to the Torstraße and the bus stops nearby. Here, as well as in the residential building, shops and galleries areas occupy the building’s ground floor.
The four-storey residential building is being situated along the Linienstraße. Rental apartments accessable via the new place are located on the ground floor above the commercial unit. The simple and subtly facade design is made of exposed concrete and anodised aluminum. Large fixed glazing parts create transparency and openness.
The project is planned by Bundschuh Architekten. DGI Bauwerk is responsible for the architectural services in the phases 6-9 HOAI [tenders, awarding of contracts and construction site management] as well as project management services. The urban situation of the construction site at a busy road and the high design requirements e.g. the special quality of concrete surfaces characterise the challenges for the realisation.