LAVA and moritz gruppe revitalize berlin with the square 3
mar 01, 2013
LAVA and moritz gruppe revitalize berlin with the square 3

‘the square 3′ by LAVA, berlin, germany
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA
all images courtesy of moritz gruppe




international firm LAVA has paired with german developer moritz gruppe to revitalize a particular urban quarter of berlin with their design for ‘the square 3′. the mixed use development draws its formal qualities from components of the site, namely the nearby olympic training quarters and europe’s largest urban nature reserve. towers reflecting gold, silver and bronze hues complement three angular city block buildings to create a new typology for vertical living in germany.


while single-use structures are far more common, the project seeks to capitalize on the cultural resources of alexanderplatz, the heart of berlin, to begin a movement toward consolidated living. commercial, social and leisure facilities are conceptually organized around themes of ‘sport’, ‘nature’ and ‘life.’ the development proposes residences resting on an urban plan that includes green roofscapes, cascading balconies, courtyards and diagonally shaped green piazzas filled with hanging gardens.


in an effort to connect with local history, ideas about sports played a major role in the design process. the ‘olympic towers’ rise above the athletics podium, complete with metallic facades reminiscent of olympic medals. each building is tapered to maximize sunlight, city views and cross-ventilation, but also accommodates sports-focused offices, hotels and shopping malls as well as medical and research centers. the architecture gives form to a lifestyle optimized for maximum environmental and human performance. 

the six buildings in context
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

the olympic towers contain cascading greenery
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

formerly known for the stasi memorial and east german prefab homes, the space is ripe for new architecture
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

the urban plan is set to revitalize the area
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

the location and height afford optimal city views
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

the city blocks integrate the olympic training center fields
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

night view of the complex
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA


site map
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA


site usage diagram
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA



the gold, silver and bronze towers in section
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA



apartment blocks section
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA



early sketch
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA



process sketch
image © moritz gruppe gmbh / LAVA

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