Potsdamer Platz
10785 Berlin

Germany

 

Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers Partnership, Helmut Jahn and others, 1996-2000

 

Potsdamer Platz is one of Europe's missed architectural opportunities. Triggered by the unification of Germany, it became a huge development of immense significance, in the centre of the new capital of Europe's biggest country, bringing together an international array of star architects under a master-plan by Renzo Piano. Yet none of the star architects have done their best work in Potsdamer Platz, and the overall sense of place that has been created has been disappointing.

 

Two of the best buildings, above, are described on their own galinsky pages: Renzo Piano's headquarters for Daimler Financial Services (left), and Richard Rogers' office and retail blocks also for Daimler (right). Other commercial buildings in the development are shown below:

 

 

Helmut Jahn's Sony Center (above left) and DB tower (above right), the new headquarters of the German railway

 

 

 

 

Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker's Pricewaterhouse Coopers office (above left) and Hans Kolhoff's Potsdamer Platz 1 for Daimler (above right).

 

Simon Glynn 2009


How to visit

 

The Potsdamer Platz development runs from Potsdamer Platz itself, southwest down the street called Potsdamer Platz, bearing south along Potsdamer Platza Arkaden. The buildings on the east (Daimler) side of the development also front onto Linkstrasse.