Almost 3 years after the start of construction and around 50 years after the opening of the first publishing tower in Berlin, it was completed – the spectacular new building of the publishing house by Axel Springer. Located in the middle of Berlin, the new building offers space for around 3,500 employees. The new building is a symbol of media change and the digital age.
The shell was already a thing in itself, but the facade is particularly spectacular. Pre-designed by Arup, the folded facade, which is divided into triangular areas, looks like a giant folding mechanism.
Due to the enormous dimensions, bridge bearings were necessary in order to be able to transfer the enormous forces into the solid construction without constraint. The design team also faced great challenges with the geometry, especially with the nodes. Thanks to fully digital and interactive planning as well as statics carried out on a common 3D model, all problems were finally solved.