Allianz-Treptowers, Berlin

Reception area

Completion 1998

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The Treptowers office and service centre, at 125 metres Berlin’s tallest office building, is a towering city landmark, a beacon even from great distances. The district of Berlin-Treptow, rising up from the very banks of the Spree river, houses 135,000 square metres of office space. All the buildings are commensurately furnished according to use. Natural stone, stainless steel and glass dominate the lobby areas. When entering the building, the first impression a visitor receives is a reception area created by Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. Round or rectangular, with linoleum inlays or of pure white marble, the reception areas are friendly and inviting – a quality immediately apparent to any visitor. The round reception desk in Treptowers Building A is made of solid beech. A shelf of stainless steel runs parallel to the shell limestone pedestal base and is inlaid with bordering strips of black linoleum. The solid beech countertop also features a linoleum inlay. The under-counter construction conceals built-in features such as a waste separation facility, PC equipment and a hanging file cabinet. The reception desk in the lobby of the skyscraper is a vision come true in brilliant white marble. With its rounded edges the stone counter imposes a strong and commanding effect. It is built on a solid steel framework as is the marble panelling over a contrasting natural stone base and the stainless steel shelf. Countertop and under-counter are made from solid wood and stained in an anthracite shade.

Text: Anke Müller
Photo: Bernadette Grimmenstein