A landmark worthy of its name. Thanks to the courage and zeitgeist of the investors and BIM expertise of all parties involved in planning, a special kind of trendsetting quarter has been developed in the heart of Berlin Spandau.
The future is being written at the former post office site in Berlin Spandau in close proximity to the Spandau Arcaden shopping centre. Once complete, the new quarter will feature a mixture of a hotel, gym, restaurants, businesses, retail, residential and inviting outside spaces as an example for the future. Work is currently taking place at heights of up to 80 metres while ships continue to travel along the Havel below. Sustainability is not simply something that exists on paper for this project, but an attitude practiced every day. The pioneering character of this landmark has been underscored by the awarding of the DGNB Gold status and WiredScore certification. Many thanks to the investors for their bold step towards making the world a better place with this project.
Energy must not go to waste. In a bid to conserve the environment, the Havel has been transformed into an air-conditioning system, and wastewater heat is used in a heating system. Technology in harmony with nature is possible, and will become a reality with this project.
Green DESigning is the task at hand. Pressure pipes that run through the wastewater collector tunnels will recover residual heat from the water, which is then converted by a heat pump and returned to the buildings in the form of heat energy. This does more than simply save energy in the Spandauer Ufer quarter: it also reduces energy costs for the waterworks by eliminating the need to otherwise cool the warm wastewater before reintroducing it to the water cycle. DES GmbH hopes that this form of energy recycling will serve as an example for other quarters and inspire more people to rethink conventional methods.
Only a small number of buildings in the world are situated on a body of water. In addition to offering a high feel-good factor, this privileged location allows the quarter to utilise regenerative energy from nature. As part of this project, the Havel will be used as a source of air conditioning with one of the world’s largest water-to-water heat pumps. This will not only reduce energy costs, but also highlight that cost effectiveness and climate protection are not always conflicting matters. We hope this landmark project rubs off on several other project developments and sets a trend in helping to achieve global climate goals. Let’s leave behind a liveable planet for our children. This requires the work of more developers like Spandauer Ufer GmbH & CO KG, which has worked together with DES GmbH to develop this ambitious project with shared BIM expertise to create one of the most innovative quarters in Germany.
All parties involved in the project are kept updated on developments and conflicts in real time thanks to the digital planning method BIM. This has helped to ensure errors are detected in good time and remedied before construction begins. The decision to adopt and invest in this innovative and collaborative planning method has paid off. Solutions were found before construction began and then included in the overall calculations.
The high variety in the way the buildings are used inevitably leads to interactions between all interfaces of the planning process. BIM has allowed all information to be incorporated in its digital twin and led to increased planning and cost control. Expensive supplementary work can be avoided, and the later use of the quarter can be designed in a more efficient and transparent way. In this way, all building services equipment components can be integrated into the architecture in detail, without any impact on aesthetics or functionality. That’s how we define building services design. The end result creates transparency and guarantees a high degree of cost control through the avoidance of unnecessary supplementary work during the construction phase.