The Interior: An Inner Life Radiant with Light and Multimedia
The contrast with the reconstructed façade is intentional and extends across all three stories. Modern design and future-proof technology dominate the building's interior.
The architectural concept aimed to create a constructive dialogue between history and modern times, for a harmonious coexistence of the old and new. In doing so, the concept unites the values Bertelsmann stands for: tradition and continuity, openness and communication, creativity and innovation.
The airy conservatery on the building's south side extends over all three stories, its transparent lacework of glass and steel creating a striking contrast to the surrounding stone façade. Its Sky Chapel, a modern version of the classical fresco, is particularly eye-catching: a 30 m² LED ceiling that forms an atmospheric multimedia ensemble in combination with the large, individually controllable LED wall in the foyer.
The three-panel painting "Sonnenspektrum" by Heinz Mack, which the artist created specially for Unter den Linden 1, adds a unique expression of light and color to the foyer of each of the three stories.
Movable walls and countless furnishing and equipment options offer a high degree of flexibility and allow for hosting a wide range of events on the premises. The large roof terrace offers magnificent views over Berlin's historic center.
Since opening in November 2003, Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1 has established itself as an ideal location for primarily in-house events of all kinds, such as readings, award ceremonies, concerts, receptions, exhibitions, seminars and press conferences.
Light and Multimedia – Reinterpreted
Bertelsmann's Berlin representation celebrated its 10th anniversary not with a party but with a whole new inner life. Since the end of 2013, a step-by-step modernization program has been underway at Unter den Linden 1, including bringing the building's technical equipment up to the very latest standards. Everywhere, LED screens have replaced projection screens, digital has replaced analogue, and 16:9 has replaced 4:3. However, the modernization goes far beyond technological upgrades: the interior of the building was also redesigned. The multimedia LED wall, which extends along the full length of the ground floor foyer, shows the entrance area in a new light. Structured Corian walls have replaced the old dark walls creating a larger, brighter and more open feeling of space within the building. Other highlights include new ceilings on the ground floor, refurbished floors and the replacement of some furniture in a number of rooms.