Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
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Aufbau Haus 84, Berlin

An open, flexible, reinforced concrete skeleton and simple, robust materials – with this typical loft-character, the second construction phase of the Aufbau Haus offers a fitting framework for creative industry tenants with their varying usage requirements and individual configuration needs.

The Aufbau Haus 84 closes a gap in the city block at the southwest side of Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg. The project arose out of a 2012 competition and complements the neighboring building that established a creative center combining cultural offerings like exhibitions, theater and club events with numerous retail entities and service suppliers in support of the creative sector. Aufbau Haus 84 & 85 is named after the Aufbau Verlag, whose headquarters are on site.

 The new building mediates between the historical Elsnerhaus, dating back to 1914, and the first building section, Aufbau Haus 85: the former is characterized by the strong relief of its façade executed in shell limestone; the latter by its exposed concrete façade and large-scale openings (architects: Clarke und Kuhn, 2011). In its own architectural language, Aufbau Haus 84 connects the old and the new within the tradition of converting unused industrial and commercial buildings into loft spaces, e.g. the nearby Pelikan-Haus on Ritterstrasse by Kurt Berndt, or the buildings at Oranienplatz and Engelbecken designed by Max and Bruno Taut. Further important design references were the timelessly modern industrial buildings by Albert Kahn, including his Detroit building for the Packard Motor Car Company.

Several cuts into the volume — the funnel-shaped central entrance; an open, large-scale, second floor loggia overlooking Moritzplatz; and an arcade passage to Elsnerhaus — create direct pathways and sightlines to the inner courtyard, connecting it to the city space. Gastronomy, an exhibition space and a gallery occupy the ground floor. The remainder of the building consists of modular, flexibly linkable units rented to different artistic and creative industry entities like the „design akademie berlin“, film companies, agencies, architecture offices, and design and music studios.

The appearance of the new building is characterized by its gridded concrete structure and its infill with solid dark-grey granite panels. The façade on the courtyard side is based on the same design principle, but maintains a different appearance via loggias and greenery through integrated planting troughs: over the course of time, the strict concrete structure will be overgrown by climbing plants. The offset penthouse differs from the concrete construction: wooden cassettes span an open, column-free interior flanked by terraces, providing sweeping views over the city’s rooftops.

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Competition ­— Martina Bauer, Michael Bölling, Clemens Gerritzen, Pearl Tae Kang, Elizaveta Mosina, Dylan Marx Wood, Jens Weßel


Team Design and Construction — Andreas Lang (Project Architect), Sebastian Awick, Marian Beschoner, Clemens Gerritzen, Pearl Tae Kang, Elizaveta Mosina, Konrad Scholz

Model: Jens Weßel, Pearl Tae Kang



'Creative-Center', Exhibitions, Theatre, Events, design akademie Berlin, Galleries, Gastronomy, Stores, Offices



Berlin, Germany



8.335 sqm



2012, 1st Prize



2013 - 2015



2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –

Mies van der Rohe Award, Nomination


Aufbau Haus GmbH


General Contractor

Ed. Züblin AG, Berlin


Project Management

Hausverwaltung Baubetreuung S. Wundermann, Berlin


Structural Engineer

Ingenieurbüro Marzahn & Rentzsch, Berlin


Mechanical Engineer

IRG Ingenieurgesellschaft für rationelle Gebäudetechnik mbH, Berlin


Climate/Energy Design

Ingenieurbüro SICK, Berlin - Hoppegarten


Fire Protection 

hhpberlin Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Berlin


Acoustical Engineer

Ingenieurbüro Dr. Jödicke & Partner, Berlin


Cost Consultant

Manfred Schasler Architekturbüro, Berlin


Lighting Design

Günter Ries, Berlin


Landscape Architect

capatti staubach, Berlin



© Stefan Müller

© Ina Reinecke/Barkow Leibinger