DZ Bank, Berlin
Spectacular architecture made the DZ Bank headquarters in Berlin into a tourist attraction. However, due to difficult acoustics, the canteen and the lounge area were initially unable to compete with the high standards. Since 2016, acoustics solutions by AOS have considerably improved the ambient setting. The building at Pariser Platz 3 is surrounded by attractions and indeed is itself one: Every day, visitors access the building through the main entrance to admire the large sculpture in the bright inner courtyard of the Berlin bank. The architect Frank Gehry once referred to the shimmering silver sculpture, which was created in 2001 and houses the conference area, as “the most demanding shape I ever achieved in my architectural career.” Unlike the famous design for the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Gehry had to hold back when it came to the design of the façade. The reason: the strict stipulations and consideration of the famous neighbours in the heart of Berlin: Indeed, the Akademie der Künste and the US Embassy adjoin the building directly to the east and west respectively, and the Hotel Adlon and Brandenburg Gate are clearly visible. For the DZ Bank building Gehry designed a five-storey, strictly symmetrical limestone perforated façade with set-back frameless window panes. To the south, at Behrenstrasse 73, a ten-storey apartment building was realized with a wave-shaped façade separated from the office premises by an air space, likewise according to plans by Gehry.