ThyssenKrupp House Berlin

Sponsor: ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen, Germany
Type: EOI, limited, International, 2-stage; 1st stage is anonymous
Fee: None
Languages: German, English (documents only)
Eligibility: Licensed architects in their country of residence
Selection process:
The number of participants admitted to the procedure will be approximately 25. Five practices have been preselceted beforehand. A selection committee appointed by the sponsor of the competition will pick another 20. Committee members include representatives of the promoter, of the Senat Department for Urban Development of Berlin as well as at least two independent architects, none of whom is a juror in this competition.
Selection will be based on formal and architectural criteria resulting from the competition task. The focus in the weighting of criteria will be on the technical-professional competence, presented on the three sheets with illustrations.
The committee reserves the right to admit also candidates who, due to insufficient experience, cannot furnish proof of the required professional capacity, whose submitted work, however, exhibits high quality.
The following firms have been preselected:
• Adjaye/Associates, London/UK
• Chaix & Morel, Paris/FR with JSWD, Köln/DE
• Degelo Architects, Basel/CH
• Kaspar Kraemer Architects, Köln/DE
• Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB, Göteborg/SE
The following prizes shall be awarded:
1st prize: Euro 17,000
2nd prize: Euro 13,000
3rd prize: Euro 8,000
4th prize: Euro 4,000
Every participant who advances to Stage 2 and submits a detailed design concept conforming to the requirements laid down in the competition brief will receive a flat-rate fee of Euro 16,000 in respect of expenses incurred.
• Mels Crouwel, Architect, Amsterdam
• Prof. Dietrich Fink, Architect, Munich
• Prof. Ulrike Lauber, Architect, Berlin/Munich
• Prof. Manuel Scholl, Architect, Zurich
• Dr. Jürgen Claassen, Executive Board Member of ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen
• Ralph Labonte, Executive Board Member of ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen
• Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director for Urban Development, Architect, Berlin
• Dr. Martin Grimm, Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Real Estate GmbH, Essen
• Ephraim Gothe, Council Chairman for Urban Development, District of Mitte, Berlin
Deputy Jurors
• Jakob Dunkl, Architect, Vienna
• Prof. Marina Stankovic, Architect, Berlin
• Frank Heekerens, Managing Director of ThyssenKrupp Real Estate GmbH, Essen
• Barbara Scholten, Corporate Communication, ThyssenKrupp AG, Essen
• Annalie Schoen, Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin
• Kristina Laduch, District of Mitte, Berlin
Espression of Interest deadline – Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Participant selection – End of May/beginning of June 2011
Jury Colloquium – End of May/beginning of June 2011
Download of competition materials – June to November 2011
Distribution of competition materials – Mid of June 2011
Online Forum – June 2011
Participants’ Colloquium 1st phase – June 2011
Submission of required documents 1st phase – End of July 2011
Jury Meeting 1st phase – End of August 2011
Participants’ Colloquium 2nd phase – September 2011
Submission of required documents 2nd phase – End of October/beginning of November 2011
Jury Meeting 2nd phase – Beginning of December 2011
Design Challenge:
The project site is located in the historic city center, on a Spree river island in the district of Berlin-Mitte. At present, it is public street land that within the framework of planning the repair of the urban layout has been declared a construction lot. Its situation on the future reconstructed Schlossplatz is unique and a matter of public importance. Transcending by far the function of spatial closure of the square, it constitutes both an obligation and a challenge.
Marked by a checkered history, the site is a symbol of the past, the present and the future alike. Once Berlin’s vibrant historic center, in the more recent past this then rather inhospitable place was associated with the power center of the former GDR. Since then, it has been a stagnant void. The Humboldt Forum, the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) housed in the State Council building, and Schinkel’s Building Academy provide this neighborhood with the potential to attain a new, dynamic identity. Situated in stimulating proximity to numerous institutions and buildings of world renown, the Schlossplatz will constitute a distinctive new element within the urban fabric.
Competition management: Eichelmann Hossbach Lehmhaus, Berlin (
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