Suhrkamp Ensemble by Bundschuh Architekten

Redefine the standard hierarchic Berlin Block

Project Specs


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项目坐落于柏林市中心,该地区在20世纪初被当局夷为平地后,由建筑师汉斯·波尔齐格(Hans Poelzig)负责重新规划,成为德国最早的主要城市更新计划之一,随后部分在二战中遭到了破坏。该综合楼项目的设计同时兼顾了场地周边的建筑环境与历史环境。

The site is located on a site in central Berlin. After being razed by the authorities at the beginning of the 20th century, the area was developed by the Architect Hans Poelzig as one of the first major urban renewal schemes in Germany and subsequently partially destroyed during WWII. Our design for the Ensemble of german publishing company Suhrkamp references both the physical context as well as the rich history of the surrounding area.

▼项目概览, overview of the project ©Laurian Ghinitoiu


Urban scale


The project redefines the urban block as a heterarchical antithesis to the standard hierarchic berlin Block which typically articulates a “show” facade and urban spaces of secondary value in the interior of the block. The individual buildings of the project cease to have front and back facades but are surrounded by a continuity of public and urban space. The private becomes public and vice-versa.

▼轴测图, axonometric drawing  ©Bundschuh Architekten

由于主要建筑处于场地北侧,南侧则预留出一个公共空间作为广场与公园。它不仅将该街区向公众敞开,还呼应了以 Volksbühne 歌剧院为中心的罗莎·卢森堡广场。

The south-facing public square is formed by the positioning of the main building to the north and thus completes the sequence of public squares and parks. It both opens the block and closes the urban figure of „Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz“ which is centered around the Volksbühne Theater.

▼街区南侧向城市打开, south side of the block opens to the city ©Laurian Ghinitoiu


Facing busy Torstrasse to the north, the project presents itself more closed, the cantilevered volume connects the neighboring facades and recreates the historic street front in an abstract manner. The strong horizontality references the formal dynamic of Poelzigs architecture and translates it into a contemporary language.

▼毗邻车水马龙的Torstrasse公路北侧部分则显示出封闭的状态, facing busy Torstrasse to the north, the project presents itself more closed ©Laurian Ghinitoiu




The Ensemble consists of three parts: The publishing house, an extension office building and a residential block. All ground floors have high-frequency uses such as an art gallery, Restaurant and an e-bike store.

▼从街道看住宅区, view the residential part from the street ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼建筑底层为人流量大的商业空间,ground floors have high-frequency uses ©Laurian Ghinitoiu


Publishing House


The 6 floors of the publishing house are connected by a “narrative”stair. This central element of the design enables free movement within the various (vertically located) departments and stages of book making. At the same time, this stair defines a strong concrete pillar that grounds the architectural volume in the urban fabric. Thus, the narrative stair functions both on an urban and interior design level and was one of the central ideas of the spatial conception.

▼混凝土的楼梯间强调城市肌理中的建筑体量, concrete staircase emphasize the volume of the building in the urban fabric ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼连通出版社六个楼层的“图书馆”楼梯,6 floors of the publishing house are connected by a “narrative”stair ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼从混凝土楼梯间看向街道, view the street inside the concrete staircase ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼大面积的落地窗加强室内外空间的联系,large glazing enhance the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces  ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼出版社内书架, shelvings in the publishing house ©Laurian Ghinitoiu




The office floors are divided into the large open-plan spaces to the south and individual rooms (for the editors) to the north. The facade mirrors this spatial approach, with expansive fixed-glazing openings to the public square in the south and smaller, more vertical proportions to busy Torstrasse in the north. The spatial idea of the office thus operates on the urban, architectural and interior scale. The Shelving and furniture designed by Kinzo complement this approach to include the detail level, creating a unified approach in all scales.

▼南侧开放式办公区, open-plan spaces on the south side ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼由顶层开放式办公区可出至露台,open-plan office on the top floor with the terrace  ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼会议室, meeting room  ©Laurian Ghinitoiu




The residential units are grouped together in a concrete-faced block, large fixed glazing extends these spaces into the urban realm and connects them to the public square.

▼大型的固定玻璃窗为居住者提供了良好的城市景观视野,large fixed glazing extends these spaces into the urban realm ©Laurian Ghinitoiu


Materiality and Construction


All interior surfaces remain in rough, exposed concrete, contrasting with the smooth and sharp-edged aluminum facade with expansive fixed glazing. Operable aluminum panels open like scales and connect the workspaces with the urban realm. Office spaces are mechanically ventilated and cooled through a passive cooling system embedded in the concrete ceilings.

▼室内粗糙的混凝土与立面光滑的铝板形成对比, rough, exposed concrete interior surfaces contrasting with the smooth and sharp-edged aluminum facade ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼立面上混凝土与铝制窗框形成对比, concrete contrasting with the aluminum window frame on the facade ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼可以打开的立面铝板, operable aluminum panels ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼夜景, night view  ©Laurian Ghinitoiu

▼总平面图, master plan  ©Bundschuh Architekten

▼一层平面图, ground floor plan  ©Bundschuh Architekten

▼三层平面图, second floor plan ©Bundschuh Architekten

▼顶层平面图, top floor plan ©Bundschuh Architekten

▼剖面图, section ©Bundschuh Architekten

Project Name: Suhrkamp Ensemble
Architecture Firm: Bundschuh Architekten
Firm Location: Berlin, Germany
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area: 6851 m2
Project location: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
Lead Architects: Bundschuh Architekten
Photo credits: Laurian Ghinitoiu
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Additional Credits
Design Team: Giulia Albarello, Ignacio Bóscolo, Roger Bundschuh,James Crookston, Yannis Efstathiou, Emmanuel Hamelin, Wolfgang Mitterer, Philipp Ockert, Matthias Rothhaar, Eloïse Rudolph, Fabian Schwade, Florian Schwinger, Hannes Toepper, Thibault Trouvé, Harry Tweddell
Clients: IBAU AG/Suhrkamp AG
Engineering: ifb frohloff staffa kühl ecker (structural)
Protec Planungsgesellschaft mbH (MEP)
Landscape: Hahn Hertling von Hantelmann
Collaborators: DGI Bauwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH / Site supervision and tendering
Interiors for Tenant Suhrkamp: Kinzo Berlin GmBH

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