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Right in the heart of Berlin’s west, directly next to the city’s zoo and opposite the Waldorf Astoria hotel and the Memorial Church, is a place that goes beyond conventional architecture, town planning and standard shopping malls: BIKINI BERLIN. The complex of the former “Zentrum am Zoo” from the 1950s includes the Bikinihaus opposite the Breitscheidplatz square, the large high-rise at Hardenbergplatz, the Zoo Palast cinema, the small high-rise with the 25hours hotel and a car park.
REVITALISATION OF THE HISTORICAL "ZENTRUM AM ZOO"
BIKINI BERLIN represents the revitalisation of the listed building ensemble from 1957, of the historical “Zentrum am Zoo”, and the comprehensive revitalisation of the location, which had been so dynamic and attractive in the past. With its unique combination of shopping, working, relaxation, cinema and hotel, the master plan comes from the renowned Belgian architectural office SAQ. The Munich architect’s firm Hild und K was commissioned with its implementation and detailed panning. The centrepiece of the complex is the historical Bikinihaus with a total length of 200 metres. An open-sided storey framed by columns, which today is fully glazed, once separated the building into one upper and one lower area. This unique feature reminded the Berliners of the revolutionary new swimwear fashion that was hitting the headlines at that time, the bikini. So the building was soon christened “Bikinihaus” (Bikini House) by the locals, consolidated by the fact that it soon became Berlin’s textile centre, housing the DOB-Verband (women’s clothing association) and the headquarters of various designers.
AN UNCONVENTIONAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Today, the lower three floors of the Bikinihaus house the Concept Shopping Mall with its retail and gastronomy offers. Exclusive office spaces can be found on the third to sixth floors. One of the highlights of BIKINI BERLIN is the freely accessible, green rooftop terrace, which covers an area of 7000 square metres. From here visitors can enjoy unique views of Berlin’s Zoo and its animal kingdom. The terrace is designed as an urban oasis, which invites visitors to relax and unwind between shopping, working and other activities. In the lower part of the building, where visitors could find the Concept Shopping Mall, is a large hall covering an area of 3300 square metres. Attracting attention here are a spacious event area and a panoramic window with views of the zoo’s monkey enclosure. Sixteen pop-up stores, the so-called BIKINI BERLIN BOXES, are located on both sides of the event space. For limited periods of time, small presentation areas can be rented here to test out innovative new products and ideas.
SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
In addition to the unconventional retail concept, the architecture of BIKINI BERLIN merits particular attention. This is due to the fact that the group of buildings is one of the few still preserved contemporary witnesses to West Berlin’s turbulent history. The “Zentrum am Zoo” ensemble, which was completed in 1957 by Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger, was not only regarded as an architectural icon of the city’s post-war redevelopment for many decades, but was also a symbol of the City West’s cityscape. The elaborate, true-to-the-original restoration of the façades of the Bikinihaus, as well as those of the small high-rise, remains true to the original 1950s architecture. Unique architectural elements are the partially coloured projections and recesses of the façade surface with large, horizontal glass panels. The interior design of the Concept Shopping Mall is modern and authentic: design elements like the exposed steel structure, concrete ceiling and flooring made from polished Berlin paving stones dominate here.
UNIQUE HOTEL AND PREMIUM CINEMA
The small high-rise in the direct vicinity of the Bikinihaus building houses the 25hours design hotel with a total of 149 rooms in six categories. The experience-oriented design concept by Werner Aisslinger takes its inspiration from the location of the hotel between the zoo and Budapester Straße. The rooms looking out over Breitscheidplatz follow an urban style, while a “jungle” theme, which references the hotel’s proximity to the Zoological Garden, awaits the guests in the rooms on the opposite side. On the top floor of the hotel with its all-round terrace is the trendy Monkey-Bar and a branch of the legendary Vienna restaurant, Neni.
The Zoo Palast cinema was already an integral part of the historical building complex and was regarded as the heart of the Berlin International Film Festival, the “Berlinale”, for many years. Following its extensive redevelopment, the legendary premiere cinema was reopened on 27 November 2013. In February 2014 the Berlinale also returned. The point of reference for the interior design is the year 1957. The existing substance has been carefully restored and equipped with the comfort and technology of modern-day premiere cinemas. In addition to the four screening rooms in the shell of the old listed building with its two screening rooms from the fifties and two smaller rooms from the 1980s, three new-build cinemas have been added. The cinema now boasts a grand total of 1650 seats.
THE DEVELOPER - BAYERISCHE HAUSBAU
The concept of revitalisation of BIKINI BERLIN is a project of Bayerische Hausbau, one of Germany’s largest integrated real estate companies. Bayerische Hausbau has invested hundreds of millions of euros into the fundamental revitalisation of the area. In total, BIKINI BERLIN is offering around 51,100 square metres of rental space. Around 17,000 square metres are allocated to retail and gastronomy – in the BIKINI BERLIN Concept Shopping Mall – as well as 1000 square metres for gastronomy in the large high-rise. The Zoo Palast cinema takes up 4300 square metres, the 25hours Hotel 8800 square metres, and there are also around 20,000 square metres of office space (7500 square metres of which are in the Bikinihaus).