in 2014, OMA was chosen ahead of bjarke ingels group and büro ole scheeren to construct axel springer’s media campus in central berlin. the german company will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the opening of its new building, which will be located opposite its existing headquarters on the site of the former linden park. the new structure will comprise a series of terraced floors that form a ‘valley’. this creates an informal stage at the center of the building, where ideas can be broadcast to other parts of the company.

OMA axel springer campus
axel springer’s new media campus is under construction in central berlin
image © nils koenning (also main image)

 

 

now, three years after breaking ground, construction on the project is well underway. a new set of images taken by photographer nils koenning documents the building’s current status, with its floorplates in place and its dramatic atrium occupied by scaffolding. two cranes hover above the construction site, while the lower levels are beginning to receive their angled glass and gold cladding.

OMA axel springer campus
the german company will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the launch of the new building
image © nils koenning

 

 

furthermore, the public can experience the building on three levels: the ground floor lobby, which contains studios, event, and exhibition spaces; the meeting bridge, a viewing platform where visitors can witness the daily functioning of the company; and a roof-top bar. the project — which signifies axel springer’s move from print to digital media — has special significance to OMA founder rem koolhaas, who was a journalist before beginning his architectural studies.

OMA axel springer campus
the new structure will comprise a series of terraced floors that form a ‘valley’
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
three years after breaking ground, construction is now well underway
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
the dramatic atrium is currently occupied by scaffolding
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
the project signifies axel springer’s transition from print to digital media
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
two cranes hover above the construction site
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
the lower levels are beginning to receive their angled glass and gold cladding
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
the new building will be located opposite the existing headquarters
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
OMA was chosen ahead of BIG and büro ole scheeren to design the project
image © nils koenning

OMA axel springer campus
a rendering illustrating the proposed appearance of the project
image © OMA

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