Integrating nature and technologies

06 Mar 2013

LAVA create a new mixed use development in Berlin inspired by sporting activities

Three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonal shaped city blocks combine together as THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalises a unique urban quarter in Berlin. The project is just nine minutes from Alexanderplatz, the very heart of Berlin, and located near Europe's largest urban nature reserve and a sports hot spot.

Conceived by visionary developer Moritz Gruppe and designed by internationally acclaimed architects, LAVA, THE:SQUARE³ is a multifunctional urban plan. The project has been designed to include all the essentials for a high-quality and healthy urban existence for locals, workers and visitors, successfully answering the demands of a contemporary, quality lifestyle.

Berlin is a city with a long history and tradition. The design of a project in an urban area characterised by different scales and typologies demands a new approach. Instead of mimicking a particular style or historical development, the architects have created a design which aims to an evolutionary development of these typologies. The roofs of the city blocks become roof-scapes with balconies cascading into the courtyards. The rectangular volumes of the towers are diagonally cut creating more open views and perspectives

"Gone is the ‘bedroom suburb', all apartments with no infrastructure. The single use concept is more common, but mixed use is the way forward," said Dirk Moritz, managing director of Moritz Gruppe. "For us THE:SQUARE³ is more than just a development project, it's a philosophy. Living in a big city is an experience - you can't just order it online. A good mix of people, culture and lifestyles is what makes a city interesting and worth living in. Our goal is to answer the question: ‘How do we want to live in the future?'"

The innovative design solution maximises the spatial experience whilst minimising the use of energy and resources. Tobias Wallisser Director of LAVA said: "Re-thinking a traditional city block with different scales and typologies demanded a new approach. The building ensembles balance contemporary requirements with respect for the historic urban context. LAVA's design integrates nature and future technologies - geometries in nature create both efficiency and beauty whilst future technologies enhance comfort."

Sustainability is embedded in the project through the nature of the environment created where mixed use ensures social sustainability. In addition, the way that the buildings have been shaped maximise daylight, reducing the need for artificial light and energy use. Facades integrate photo-voltaics as a means of regenerative energy production and naturally ventilated spaces minimise mechanical ventilation with the addition of rainwater collection and reuse.

THE:SQUARE³ is one of four projects shortlisted in the prestigious 2013 MIPIM real estate awards in the Futura category. Previous winners include the DaimlerChrysler development of Potsdamer Platz (1999) and the new Reichstag (2000, special jury price). To vote for this project follow this link: before 11 March when the voting will close.

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