New Building for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 2nd prize

Within Berlin’s memorial landscape, the new »EZ-Campus Plus«, a new climate-neutral building, is to be constructed for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The memorial landscape consists of Deutschlandhaus, with the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation; Europahaus, which is already used by the BMZ; the »Topography of Terror« site; and the planned Exilmuseum at Anhalter Bahnhof, diagonally across the intersection. The new building for the BMZ is to fit into this campus as part of a network and also integrate the adjacent Martin Gropius Bau to the north.


Our concept is based on the idea of designing the outdoor space to maximize its use as public space and keeping the footprint of the two high-rise buildings extremely small. These two tall elements compose an overall urban figure in combination with their direct neighbors Deutschlandhaus and Europahaus. The resulting four-part cloverleaf ensemble has the strength and visual presence to bind together the entire memorial landscape. The clear and simple building contour and the light, elegant appearance establish a restrained impression within the urban context. The outdoor spaces are publicly accessible and landscaped like a park, giving special attention to existing and new sightlines. After crossing an entry plaza on Anhalter Straße to reach the main entrance, visitors enter a spacious lobby that joins the two high-rise buildings and provides access to public-related functions such as the visitor center, conference area, press area, and canteen. The ground floor also links the building to Europahaus. The office floors are flexibly designed around asymmetrically positioned cores and are enlivened by multistory winter gardens in the buildings’ corners.


12 2021 / 2nd prize