Elisabet Sundin Architecture
Potsdamer Platz – Laboratory
Project finish 2018
Elisabet Sundin Architects
We got the challenging assignment to design a laboratory and training rooms for a big DNA-tech company in the amazing Atrium tower at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and opened its doors in 1997. Both laboratory and office areas had very high technical demands, which made the interior design quite restricted. But we are happy with the strict result, somewhat inspired by 60's sci-fi movies.
The different rooms became naturally divided into two areas; the laboratory area and the office/reception area with conference room and kitchen for the employees.
To maintain an easy access between the two areas we decided to keep the big fire doors, required for the lift hall, constantly open with magnetic fire-door holders. This also provides a direct view between reception/waiting room and arrival area. The doors were built recessed and flushed with the walls in the hallway.
To cover the high amount of necessary MEP (technical equipment), we installed a suspended ceiling in the bigger part of the area . We then used a bulkhead on both sides of the building and pushed it as far away from the windows as possible to let in maximum amount of light.
Photos by: Daniel Sumesguter