504 DMAA BMF Berlin vis02 courtyard

Federal Ministery of Finance Berlin
Germany

Educational Office

Competition

The site of the new building for the Federal Ministry of Finance is located at the junction between Leipziger Straße and Wilhelmstraße in the heart of Berlin. Our objective was to develop an adequate counterpart to and extension of the complex that takes full account of the historically significant setting between Detlev Rohwedder-Haus and the Postblock buildings. We achieved this by combining sensitive integration with self-confident, forward-looking autonomy to create a building that retains its sense of power while conveying a sense of lightness.

Inside the building, this elegant aloofness from the urban realm meets a three-dimensional forest landscape. The result is a unique downtown microcosmos, an urban oasis.

The site boundaries define a block, from which a series of targeted subtractions is made. In urban design terms, the Platz des Volksaufstands is visually expanded onto the project site, creating a new meeting place. All the other edges of the block remain intact. The ensemble opens onto Leipziger Straße, offering views of the interior of the block, where a three-dimensional, terraced forest landscape is enclosed by the projecting and stepping-back façades of the surrounding buildings.

These projections and set-backs are generated by both external influences and the internal logic of the buildings. The desire to design the building as an efficient timber structure resulted in a regular orthogonal grid. This grid meets Wilhelmstrasse, the northern forecourt and the southern façade of the building diagonally, cutting steps into the overall volume. These steps – these three-dimensional spaces between the city and the building, between transparency and density, between openness and intimacy – are defined by a spatial ‘filter’ created out of vertical strips.

Address
Postblockareal, Berlin

Competition
09/2021
recommendation

Floor area
30.471 m²

Gross surface area
57.374 m²

Construction volume
206.146 m³

Site area
13.284 m²

Built-up area
10.653 m²

Height
max. 29 m

Number of levels
8

Number of basements
1

Project manager
Sebastian Brunke

Project team
Marinke Boehm-Kneidinger, Diana Cuc, Ernesto Mulch, Julia Oblitcova, Tom Peter-Hindelang, Gregor Hilpert, Klaudia Prikrill

Visualization
Toni Nachev

Model
Modellart
Michael Eisenkölbl




GP PARTNER ARGE
Wenzel+Wenzel

CONSULTANTS
Cost estimation
Wenzel+Wenzel

Landscape Design
Rabe Landschaft
Hamburg

Structural engineering
knippershelbig GmbH

Fire protection
brand +

Building Services
Engineering
TEUBER+VIEL Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energie- und Gebäudetechnik mbH

Bulding physics
Pfeil & Koch
Ingenieurgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG

Façade
knippershelbig / GmbH


Model
Modellart
Michael Eisenkölbl