Daimler Chrysler Residential, Office & Retail
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany


Richard Rogers Partnership
Date Built
1993 - 1999
Potsdamer Platz
In the 1990s the Potsdamer Platz area was the scene of massive redevelopment transforming a once vibrant community area that had been devastated first by war damage and then by the building of the Wall.  The site was divided into a number of redevelopment sites and competitions were held for the design of each of these areas.  The competiton attracted designs from many of the world's top architectural practices.  Renzo Piano and Christopher Kohlbecker's design was the one chosen for the Daimler Chrysler site.  Within this site, the Richard Rogers Partnership were commissioned to design 3 buildings, one residential and two office blocks.  Rogers' website says of the buildings, "The facades of the buildings incorporated clear and opaque glass panels, solid areas of ceramic tile cladding, and external and internal blinds, a sophisticated mix which allowed the internal environment to be adjusted in response to the requirements of users. Visually striking, RRP’s contribution to the Potsdamer Platz development challenged conventional wisdom, producing a pioneering low-energy environment for business accommodation."

The residential block can be glimpsed at the far left of the image below.

Behind the Rogers building an enclosed retail arcade, raised several storeys above ground level, spans across to Renzo Piano's Debis Building.

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