A 142-meter-tall structure designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is set to be completed in 2023. It will be the third tallest building in Berlin. Called the EDGE East Side, it will be located near the Warschauer station and the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The building will be a 65,000-square-meter vertical hub connecting two of Berlin’s most vibrant and artistic neighborhoods: Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
The structure will feature 360-degree views of East Berlin and 36 floors of shared and dedicated workspaces. Accordingly, it will blend contemporary urban requirements and natural elements. Some building sections will be used by organizations or individuals primarily concerned with sustainability, education, or social issues. The tower will also house Amazon‘s offices. The company will have space for up to 3400 employees.
The EDGE’s great standards for the future
The EDGE will be located in the historic Warschauer Straße thoroughfare, in the heart of one of Berlin’s hotspots, the East Side. The region also includes the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall and the Oberbaum Bridge. The first four levels will be accessible to the public as a gathering point as part of a new wave of healthy buildings that embrace the idea that offices should not only serve a function but also engage the people around. EDGE East Side considers spaces for versatile usage across the first five floors. They will be available to companies of all shapes and sizes and for semi-public use. This is in addition to welcoming companies like Amazon.
The façade of the structure is a fully unitized double-skin aluminium curtain wall with automatic blinds in the facade cavities. The terraces will be located every two floors along three strips that run the length of the volume. Thus, they will provide greenery in semi-public and public spaces. 14 elevators serve the 36 floors at a speed of 21.6 km/h, or 20.6 seconds to the rooftop from the ground floor.
During the project, urban planning and architectural quality assurance are audited. This is in collaboration with the Berliner Baukollegium [Berlin Construction Committee] chaired by Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher. Furthermore, the building has received platinum pre-certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The certification has also been offered by the International WELL Building Institute’s targeted WELL v2 Core & Shell Gold certification. EDGE East Side is setting the standard for future constructions. It has been possible by focusing on environmentally conscious design. This is from the use of circular products and VOC-free materials to world-class energy management.