Siemensstadt 2.0, Berlin (DE)

“In 1897, the founding concept of Siemensstadt was to unite working, research and living, thus creating an intact symbiosis for a successful future. This is exactly what Siemensstadt 2.0 is all about.” Joe Kaeser, Chairman of the Board of Siemens AG

The central task in the competition for Siemensstadt 2.0 was to create a coherent overall urban development concept for the 70-hectare, partially listed industrial area in the west of Berlin. The aim was to develop a future-proof quarter that meets high standards of architectural quality, ecological sustainability and economic efficiency. The closed industrial area is to become a lively district with research and production facilities, 2,750 apartments, a hotel, shops, restaurants and cafés, schools and kindergartens as well as spacious leisure areas.

Our urban development guidelines

  • A new identity-creating centre
  • Maximum networking of home and workplace, development and production, urbanity and nature
  • Innovation boulevard as new backbone and communicative focal point
  • Flowing transitions between the various ground floor uses such as hotel lobby, exhibition area, restaurants and shops
  • Schaltwerk hall in the centre of the innovation cluster with maximum flexibility in programming
  • Schaltwerk high-rise building with loft-like working environments; attached glazed upper floors with new visitor centre
  • Spacious street with cafés, restaurants and shops as an interface between work and home
  • Education campus in the central park
  • Garden city 2.0 on Paulsternstrasse – green courtyards and tenant gardens inside the block as well as community gardens
  • House of Crafts integrated as a flexible hybrid of living, hotel, working, production and parking

Innovation and Social Inclusion
Housing is concentrated in three areas of the site.  The typological diversity of its building structure and the mixed ownership of rented apartments, condominiums and building groups ensures the desirable social diversity of its residents.

Smart construction
The production of Siemensstadt 2.0 closes the gap between planning and realization. Integral models go through a highly efficient process from design to joining on the site. Wood is used as the material that brings the high precision from the digital BIM model directly to the construction site. The result is time-saving, error-avoiding and highly precise.

People-oriented traffic concept
The vision for the new Siemensstadt Campus is a people-oriented, lively urban environment. Therefore, motorized individual traffic will be minimized. The parking facilities provided will be concentrated in peripheral car parks. A fixed e-bus route and several stations with e-bikes and e-scooters are available for internal circulation. A shuttle brings all users to all locations within the site at any time of day.

Client: Siemensstadt Grundstücks-GmbH & CoKG
Architecture: Dietrich | Untertrifaller
Competition: 2019
Capacity: Research and production facilities, 2750 apartments, hotel, shops, restaurants and cafés, schools and kindergartens, leisure facilities and parks

public space design: Schultze+Grassov, Kopenhagen / landscape: Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl, Überlingen / building physics: Transsolar Energietechnik, Stuttgart / traffic concept: MIC mobility in chain, Mailand  /// renderings: Dietrich | Untertrifaller