Truman Plaza

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, Truman Plaza is part of a larger master plan that balances its historic context with the integration the delicate Grunewald forest. Offices, retail, and wellness facilities shape an urban cluster around a public plaza, within this leafy borough on the western edge of Berlin. A series of staggered volumes' height graduations and setbacks provide a rhythm for the project, while a taller two-part structure anchors its plaza. Depending on perspective, the individual buildings merge to create a cityscape, while the plaza establishes a meeting point for residents, by acting as a social condenser. Pathways stem to and from this plaza to the forest. Multiple terraces–at varying heights–define the ensemble's visual relationship to its site, which fosters 'interiority', while near the forest houses a pavilion houses a café. As the project is situated on a highly frequented prelude en route to the center of Berlin, the importance of its public space goes beyond its immediate development, extending the adjacent, pre-existing green swath. This enables the emergence of a plaza at the corner of Argentinische Allee, which further shapes the entrance and site.

Location
Clayallee 171, 173, 175, 177
16169 Berlin
Germany

Size
19.882 m2

Program
Health, Office, Retail, Sport

Date of design
2008-2011

Date of completion
2015

Project team
Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Moritz Theden, Fabian Schwade, Ole Hallier, Tony Rhiem, Marco Houbertz, Matthias Bachmann, Marcel Moonen, Enno Efkes, Virginia Angell Harmsen, Inga Anger, Bruno Ebersbach, Jonas Klock, Sebastian Dillner, Jos Beekhuizen, Joana Varela

Collaborators
Beatriz Alés Gregori, Maria Zaghi, Maxim Krioukov

Client
Stofanel Investment AG    

Consultants
Gesellschaft für Technik am Bau GmbH, Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH, Müller BBM GmbH, FGS - Forschungs- und Planungsgruppe Stadt und Verkehr GbR, Vogt Landschaftsplaner GmbH, BAL Bauleitungs und Steuerungs GmbH