Germany, Berlin 

Salamander Building


Competition 1988 – 1st Prize
Design Volkwin Marg
Design team Joachim Rind, Martin Bleckmann, Annette Kersig, Bettina Lautz, Vera Mostert, Christina Tibi
Project team Peter Römer, Sybille Zittlau-Kroos, Beate Lucas, Ute Kretschmer, Karl Baumgarten, Ivanka Perkovic, Benedict Dardin
Structural engineers Prof. Nicklisch und Hornfeldt, Berlin
Light planning Lichtplanungsbüro Andres
Technical building equipment HL-Technik, Düsseldorf
General contractor Arbeitsgemeinschaft Züblin AG und Wiemer & Trachte
Client Salamander AG, Kornwestheim
Construction period 1990–1992
Gross area 8,800 m²



Klaus Frahm

Marcus Bredt

The spezial characteristic of the building is its double skin elevation as "second skin". The greened and brightly lit winter garden facade at night, is both design and identity. The street corner is land-marked by an "advertising tower". The transparent double-storey shop fronts with recessed galleries in the upper level are developed as arcades. The interior of the complex has a glazed, public court with fountain. All offices are well lit, naturally ventilated and orientated to the greened winter garden or fountain courtyard. The winter garden not only creates a friendly atmosphere but also serves as a thermal and acoustic climatic puffer to the lively Tauentzien.