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March 27, 2014

OMA to design Axel Springer office building in Berlin

Architectural firm OMA has won a competition to design the new office building for multimedia firm Axel Springer in Berlin, Germany.

Axel Springer office building

Architectural firm OMA has won a competition to design the new office building for multimedia firm Axel Springer in Berlin, Germany.

OMA saw off competition from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren to secure the project.

The central component of OMA’s plan is the large atrium, which will be 30m-high overlooking the existing Axel Springer building.

OMA’s proposal also includes interconnected terraces and public workspaces, which will allow both individual and collaborative work.

The building will create additional space for Axel Springer’s business divisions, especially its digital departments.

OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas said: "It is a wonderful occasion to build in Berlin again, on this historical site of all places, for a client who has mobilised architecture to help perform a radical change."

Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner said of Mr Koolhaas: "He presented the conceptually and aesthetically most radical model.

"OMA saw off competition from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren to secure the project."

"The fundamental innovation of working environments will support the cultural transformation towards a digital publishing house."

Axel Springer said it will award a contract once it has been decided whether and when the construction project can be implemented.

The competition was launched in May 2013 to create additional space for Axel Springer, which will create new standards in terms of architectural atmosphere, usage and room conception to suit the modern working environment.

Apart from the Axel Springer project, OMA has designed the Seattle Central Library, the Casa de Musica in Porto and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.


Image: OMA’s proposal also includes interconnected terraces and public workspaces. Photo: courtesy of Axel Springer.

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