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The Grid – Commercial yard 2.0, Berlin

Multicultural, creative, unconventional – Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of Berlin's most diverse and exciting districts. An irresistible mix that has ensured that renowned companies such as Coca Cola, MTV, Universal and Zalando have settled in Xhain. According to the plans of Eike Becker_Architekten, an innovative commercial courtyard 2.0 will be created on the former Robben & Wientjes site at Prinzenstraße 34, which will continue the long tradition of the historic commercial area and blend harmoniously into the creative urban neighbourhood of the Aufbau Haus and the Prinzessinnengärten. Modern working environments are planned that will give traditional companies, start-ups and creative people the freedom to come up with new ideas. THE GRID sees itself as an urban net in which everyone can build up their own individual business network. This claim is also reflected in the architecture: the metal façade, reminiscent of frames stacked one above the other, is provided with a special generosity and openness by floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces, balconies, terraces and loggias. Everyone is welcome at THE GRID – including the neighbourhood. Small businesses, art, culture and culinary delights on the ground floor and a green inner courtyard invite residents of Kreuzberg and creative people to get to know each other. Façades overgrown with moss, urban gardening areas and roof terraces covered with plants link up with the neighbouring Prinzessinnengärten. The idea of the city garden is also continued inside the building. Green is the dominant colour in the Living Offices, which, in addition to team workplaces, think tanks and meeting areas, also offer lush green relaxation oases. THE GRID is intended to be more than a Great Place to Work – an urban business jungle in the middle of the Kreuzberg neighbourhood.

A similar concept is implemented in THE SHELF diagonally opposite in Prinzenstraße 89/90 by the kadawittfeld office.

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Exhibitor: Eike Becker Architekten

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