Federal Ministry of Finance Berlin
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.
Gross surface area
max. 29 m
Number of levels
Number of basements
Marinke Boehm-Kneidinger, Diana Cuc, Ernesto Mulch, Julia Oblitcova, Tom Peter-Hindelang, Gregor Hilpert, Klaudia Prikrill
GP PARTNER ARGE
TEUBER+VIEL Ingenieurgesellschaft für Energie- und Gebäudetechnik mbH
Pfeil & Koch
Ingenieurgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG
knippershelbig / GmbH