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June 6, 2011

Berlin Central Station | gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Competition 1993 – 1st Prize

Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Jürgen Hillmer

Design team Jens Kalkbrenner, Manfred Stanek

Project managers, long-distance rail Hans-Joachim Glahn, Klaus Hoyer

Project manager, glass roofs Prisca Marschner

Project managers, building slabs Prisca Marschner, Susanne Winter

Project team Christel Timm-Schwarz, Bettina Kreuzheck, Michael Scholz, Petra Kauschus, Monica Sallowsky, Tomomi Arai, Klaus-Dieter Schimpf, Ivan Ivanov, Katrin Junge, Jan Koettgen, Karsten Fritsche, Burkhard Pick, Risteard Mac Diarmada, Silke Petry, Bernd Kottsieper, Dirk Tietgen, Matthias Holtschmidt, Kemal Akay, Andreas Ebner, Frank Anacker, Stefan Both, Henning Raske, Meinhard Rudolph, Jochen Köhn, Dirk Hünerbein, Hubertus Pieper, Vita Römer, Elisabeth Mittelsdorf, Ralph Preuß, Peter Karn, Amra Sternberg, Radmilla Blagovcanin, Ahrend Buchholz-Berger, Hans Münchhalfen, Maike Carlsen, Ivanka Perkovic, Antje Pfeifer

Structural engineering Schlaich Bergermann und Partner; IVZ/Emch+Berger

Lighting design Peter Andres + Conceptlicht GmbH

Mechanical services Ingenieurgesellschaft Höpfner

Client Deutsche Bahn AG represented by DB Projekt Verkehrsbau GmbH

Construction period 1996–2006

Gross floor area 175,000 m² – 5 transportation levels

Site area 100,000 m²


Juergen Schmidt

Luftbild Berlin

Marcus Bredt



Berlin’s new Central Station – Europe’s largest train station for long-distance, regional, and local transport – was built on its historical site in the Tiergarten District, west of Humboldthafen. At this station the new underground north-south link of the InterCityExpress service connects with the west-east line running on a curved railway track. Additionally, suburban railway tracks in both directions, as well as an underground line from north to south arrive at this station. The north-south track runs 15 m below ground level in a tunnel, which also passes below the River Spree and the Tiergarten. A train station for long-distance journeys with eight platforms, four platforms for long-distance and regional transport as well as a new train station for the U5 underground line positioned parallel to the eastern platform was realized in this location. The east-west line is elevated 10 m above street level und corresponds to the previous course of the railway tracks. A total of four long-distance railway tracks and two urban train tracks run on four newly constructed urban railway bridges.

The traffic of the train station is organized on three levels:

Level –2:
Long-distance and regional lines
from north to south; U5 underground
Level ±0:
Local public transport; individual
transport (access road, short-term
car park); bicycles and pedestrians;
tourist transport (coaches, ships)
Level +1:
Long-distance and regional lines
on the urban railway track; S3, S5,
S6, S7, and S9 urban railway lines.

The new Berlin Central Station comprises a total floor area of 175,000 m², with approximately 15,000 m² reserved for shops and gastronomy, 50,000 m² are provided as office space in the arch buildings, 5,500 m² serve for operational railway use as well as 21,000 m² as circulation area. The  platforms cover an area of 32,000 m², the garage comprises 25,000 m².

June 6, 2011

James Hotel | ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects

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James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Robert Granoff

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Frank Oudeman

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Frank Oudeman

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Frank Oudeman

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Frank Oudeman

James Hotel / ODA Architecture and Perkins Eastman Architects © Frank Oudeman

This SoHo boutique hotel was designed by ODA Architecture in collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects. Custom interiors by ODA Architecture with Amanda Sullivan, blend artistic essentials and luxurious functionality. The hotel design strategy was to bring community together with hospitality. Each detail of the hotel was meticulously fashioned to inspire the senses with a blend of traditional as well as contemporary.

Architects: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Perkins Eastman Architects, P.C.
Interior Design: ODA – Architecture, P.C. and Amanda Sullivan
Project Area: 67,000 sqf
Photographs: Frank OudemanRobert Granoff


The 3rd floor Sky Lobby and reception area are accessible by a glass elevator transporting guests from the ground floor to a private living room and Urban Garden. The bedrooms suites are vivid and white, with cozy, cotton bed linen and recycled dark wood floors. Each room provides a completely different experience of the city and the bathroom glass walls allow guests to never take their eyes off the skyline.

June 6, 2011

Halifax Central Library | Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Project: Halifax Central Library
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
The design for the new Halifax Central Library was revealed at the fifth public consultation meeting in Halifax, Canada. At this last public consultation meeting in the design phase of the Halifax Central Library the architects identified the trends from all four of the prior public meetings and showed how the building design has responded to the users’ ideas.

The 45 million Canadian dollars (€ 33 million) Central Library in the Canadian port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia will have a clear Canadian reference as well as a detectable Scandinavian design heritage as the winning team behind the design is the Canadian architectural practice Fowler Bauld & Mitchell and Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects. In March 2010, Fowler Bauld & Mitchell and schmidt hammer lassen architects won the international competition to design Halifax Central Library.

”In the design process we have been particular keen on reflecting the spirit of the local community as well as the ‘genus loci’ of the site making Halifax Central Library unique in many ways. We believe that Halifax Central Library will become a landmark cultural hub for the community,” said Morten Schmidt, Founding Partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects.

At this point, Fowler Bauld & Mitchell and schmidt hammer lassen architects enter four months of Design Development, with a final public presentation and unveiling of the final detail design in March/April 2011. Breaking ground is scheduled for mid 2011 and the library is due for completion in early 2014.

schmidt hammer lassen architects works with libraries across all scales from branch libraries and central libraries to university libraries. The practice is renowned for the extension of The Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has also designed Halmstad Library and the extension of Växjö Library in Sweden. Ongoing library projects include The University of Aberdeen New Library in Scotland, UK, The Urban Mediaspace, Scandinavia’s biggest public library, in Aarhus, Denmark and the new Highlands Library for Edmonton Public Libraries in Alberta, Canada.