Truman Plaza

Located in Berlin Zehlendorf, Truman Plaza is part of a larger master plan balancing its historic context with the integration of a delicate onsite forest. Constituting offices, retail, health, and sports facilities that together form an urban cluster around a public plaza within this leafy borough on the edge of Berlin; a series of staggered volumes', whose height graduations and setbacks provide a framework and rhythm, while a taller two-part structure anchors the project to its site. Depending on perspective, the volumes merge to create a cityscape, while the public plaza establishes a meeting point for residents by acting as a social condenser. Pathways stem from this plaza to the Grunewald forest that surrounds the site. Multiple terraces at varying heights define the project's visual relationship to its site, fostering interiority, while a small pavilion near the onsite forest hosts a café. As the project is situated on a highly frequented prelude en route to the center of Berlin, the importance of these public spaces goes beyond the immediate development to extend the adjacent and pre-existing green belt, enabling the emergence of a plaza at the corner of Argentinische Allee, shaping the Truman Plaza’s entrance and further defining its 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
2014

Project team
Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Fabian Schwade, Ole Hallier, Moritz Theden, 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