GSW Headquarters Berlin, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

The GSW Headquarters Building is an assemblage of five distinct volumes. This variety of elements allows a response to the different typological an morphological conditions of the ensemble's location between the southern and northern parts of the so-called "Friedrichsstadt" in the centre of Berlin. Within the discussion about the reconstruction of the once-divided capital, this project articulatesa response to the city which accepts Berlin's historical conglomerate as a structural principle. History is seen as a dynamic process which leaves its traces. This intention to work with these traces – as with any other condition of the context – in a constructive and creative way is the underlying principle of this sceme. With its low-energy concept the building leads into the future, and with its idiosyncrati aesthetics it demands the return of a sensual architecture at the beginning of the 21st century.

Edited by Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton

16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in
256 pages, 350 illustrations
paperback
2000, 978-3-907078-14-3, German/English
Out of Print