Debis Building/Daimler Financial Services Headquarters (aka Atrium Tower), Potsdamer Platz

Renzo Piano and Christoph Kohlbecker

Skyscraper at the southern end of Potsdamer Platz

This 280 foot tower is next to Isozaki's building for the Headquarters of the Berliner Volksbank and has ocher-colored terra cotta tiles like many of the other buildings in this area (although it stands out because of its height). Where it is glazed there are actually two curtain walls for energy conservation. The Braun Architecture Guide to Berlin explains: "It facade that is paneled with terracotta is given a rhythmic form by being subdivided into sections that are 150 feet wide respectively and becomes increasingly transparent due to the changing proportions of the stone and glass as it rises upwards. The core of the building is the 200-feet long and 44-feet wide hall, which is rounded off with a glass roof at the height of the ninth storey. A range of reflectors provide light. The dimensions of this giant atrium correspond to the nave of Nôtre Dame in Paris. As a semi-public space, this cathedral of commercial success is accessible from the central square of the Debis grounds located to the north"(249).

The southern facade


The southern corner next to Isozaki's building for the Headquarters of the Berliner Volksbank


The western side; right photo of Mark di Suvero's Galileo

See this page for examples of modern sculpture at Potsdamer Platz.


Looking south from Marlene-Dietrich Platz


Works Consulted or Quoted:
Rainer Haubrich et al. Berlin: The Architecture Guide. Braun Publishing, 2016. (German first edition, 2001)
Michael Imhof and Leon Krempel. Berlin. New Architecture: A Guide to the new Buildings from 1989 to today. Michael Imhof Verlag, 2012.

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