The gold standard in green design
Situated at the Potsdamer Platz and close to the site of the former Berlin Wall, the Sony Center is one of the city’s contemporary architectural icons.
The centre features seven individual buildings surrounding a central event plaza, which is enclosed by a glass membrane roof that reaches 67 metres at its highest point. A key tourist attraction for the city, the development needs to be maintained to the highest standards to ensure its continued success.
BuroHappold Engineering was commissioned to carry out German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) certification for the entertainment district.
Introduced in 2012, the DGNB certification provides a quality assurance for urban, commercial and industrial districts, examining elements such as ecological, economical, sociocultural and technical qualities as well as the process workflow between the district and its surrounding neighbourhood.
We looked at the overall operation and particularly focused on the residential and business premises as well as areas for dining and entertainment.
Our team also reviewed the Sony Center’s services efficiency and devised upgrade solutions to make systems safer and more efficient. Following our analysis, we ascertained that the general power supply switches originally installed in 1998 needed to be replaced. In order to ensure as little disruption as possible, we worked across weekends and at night to replace 21 switches.
Following the exchange, we undertook a black building test, in which a main supply failure was simulated, to test the performance of the systems under emergency conditions.
Our work in supporting the client during the entire review and certification process led to the Sony Center achieving DGNB Gold standard in 2013, exceeding expectations. The work ensured that the Sony Center is able to continue providing facilities to delight employees, residents and visitors alike.
Services and approach
When we integrate our specialist teams around an approach, the benefits to the client multiply