Is This Eco-Friendly “Smart Office” the Way of the Future?
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Rising from Berlin’s Washington Platz like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cube Berlin, designed by Danish architecture firm 3XN, is the city’s newest office—and its most forward-thinking. Despite Cube Berlin’s opening its doors to tenants just last month (a move that was abruptly halted due to the coronavirus), its plans were laid quite a while back, a few years before the turn of the millennium. “The cubic shape derives from a master plan dating 25 years back by German architect O.M. Ungers for Washington Platz and the surroundings,” says Kim Herforth Nielsen, founder and creative director of 3XN. “The basic idea behind the master plan was that a solitaire building on the square should contribute to it with a sculptural or artistic gesture that would animate Washington Platz.”