SIGNA gathered with its future tenant Zalando and prominent members of Berlin’s political class at a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off construction of the STREAM office building by the Mercedes-Benz Arena. “Now that we have completed the planning phase of the project, we are thrilled to be starting construction on the tower,” said SIGNA CEO Timo Herzberg. “Zalando is an extremely attractive tenant that has made a long-term commitment not only to the tower, but also to the Mediaspree quarter in Berlin-Friedrichshain.” Mediaspree is seen as one of the most sought-after locations for high-tech, media and telecommunications companies, whether it is Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Universal Music or Zalando.
The STREAM tower is designed as a modern office high-rise standing 90 metres tall with roughly 50,000 m2 in total floor area. The site was one of the last undeveloped plots left in the Mediaspree quarter of Berlin-Friedrichshain when SIGNA acquired it in 2017. The architects at GEWERS PUDEWILL created the design for the office building at the corner of Tamara Danz Street and Wanda Kallenbach Street to accommodate a workforce of roughly 2,500.
The building comprises two basement floors, one ground floor and 23 upper storeys, with a spacious foyer at the entrance facing Mercedes-Benz square. The ground floor will provide a large reception and public area as well as restaurants and cafés open to the general public. On the first floor, there will be conference rooms for up to 600 visitors as well as adjoining office and supply space. The building envelope is set back to line up with other neighbouring buildings starting on the seventh floor and continues upwards with a smaller footprint. The ceiling height on the penthouse floor differs from that of the standard storeys, providing space for specific purposes like training and small conference rooms. Most of the auxiliary and technical facilities are located on the basement floors, such as the car park with space for around 250 bicycles and 120 cars, with charging stations for electric cars at each space. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.