Nöfer Architekten is one of the leading architectural firms in Berlin, which has made a name for itself through its distinctive urban architecture and traditional urban planning approach. The office realizes mainly in Berlin, but currently also in other German cities, as well as in the Netherlands and Russia, not only large residential and office building projects, but also smaller ones with special quality requirements. The architecture is characterized by the fact that it combines beauty, durability and solidity into an aesthetic sustainability. The special interest lies in the further development of the ideas of the European city, which with its spe-cial instruments is able to take up the challenges of social, political and environmental con-cerns as a cultural form. State-of-the-art planning methods, professional project processing and obligatory manners are prerequisites for the architects to enjoy their work so much.
On the site once occupied by Berlin’s Schlesischer Bahnhof, a new, as yet fragmented district has begun to spring up around the recently built O2-World stadium. Two residential tower blocks to the west of the stadium are to be completed by 2016. In compliance with the urban master plan passed in 2002, the buildings will have a gross floor area of approx. 60,000 square metres including the base structures from which the towers rise.
The Holler House replaces a 1960s building. Irremediable flood damage in the basement has made the demolition of this simple design by architects Franz-Heinrich Sobotka and Gustav Müller inevitable. The new, five-storey office building includes two attic floors, a two-storey underground car park, and a small garden. A beautifully appointed two-storey lobby leads to the central courtyard surrounded by office units of different sizes.
Although Knesebeckstrasse in the district of Charlottenburg is both well-known and popular, the buildings from the 1930s to 1980s at its southern end appear somewhat dull in comparison to the splendours of Kurfürstendamm.