Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

JAHO - High-Rise at the Jannowitzbrücke Berlin

The Jannowitzbrücke area in Berlin is an urban space charged with energy. Here, streams of pedestrians, cyclists, and cars meet, and there are also S-Bahn and underground stations. For this heterogenous site, not far from Alexanderplatz, Barkow Leibinger designed an office high-rise: a tranquil, confident structure that responds effectively and calmly in all directions—an anchor, a joint. With its unfragmented, strongly geometric form, the design becomes a point of support and orientation. Through its glassy, shimmering, moving shell, JAHO creates strong images—it is an enigmatic solitaire, an independent object in urban space.
The layout of a triangle with unequal sides creates a shape that appears slender from all sides, and fits precisely into its context. Every perspective offers a different view. In front of the façade posts, there are on the outside 20 cm deep reflecting glass struts that lend the façade rhythm, verticality, and depth.  The shell changes its appearance in movement and can, depending on the perspective, appear more open or more closed, and reflect light and color atmospheres. At night, it illuminates the building like a lighthouse. 
The design also stands up confidently to the considerable mass of the neighboring “Stadthaus” by Kuehn Malvezzi, withdraws slightly along Holzmarktstraße with a slight tilt and a cut-out, thus giving its neighbor presence in the street space. How the two large volumes join to build a functional ensemble becomes especially clear from the pedestrian’s perspective. The building creates a small piazza with a further cantilever towards the S-Bahn. An important connection to its urban context is created by the ground floor with space for cafés, restaurants, and retail: accessible from all sides, it forms a balance between all sides of the building. 

Project Information

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


Team — Martina Bauer (Associate), Pablo Sequero Barrera, Laurenz Berger, Fabian Busse, Julien Kiefer, Heiko Krech, Raidar Mester, Volker Steinbrenner, Antonia Walz



Office building with public spaces in the ground floor



Berlin, Germany



20.023 m² / 215.525 sq f



07/2019 - 10/2019




Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG   


Structural Engineer

Knippers Helbig, Berlin


MEP Engineers/Sustainability

Lemon Consult AG, Zürch


Fire Protection 

Peter Stanek, Berlin 


Landscape Architect
Capattistaubach urbane Landschaften 



Knippers Helbig