Government District Potsdam


The new Government district draws inspiration from the established block pattern of the old city. Without direct points of contact with the surrounding buildings, the new elements occupy the edge of the block and engage a tense relationship with the established buildings. A landscape of public spaces runs through the block, while a series of introverted and calm spaces are placed inside each of the individual buildings. Differing gaps between the Ministries, paired with a system of passages between the inner courts, interlace the accommodation with the surrounding environment and create a strong public interface.

An entrance storey height of 4 m offers enhanced lobby spaces for each Ministry. At the heart of the complex is the cafeteria. A separate elevator leads to a roof terrace that allows views towards the river Havel.

A uniform open space, shaped by stone patterns, connects the building complex. Grass lawns and water features are cut from the flat areas of sett paving to create a diverse landscape. The inner courtyards receive different characters through multi-coloured gravel surfaces.



Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Client: Land Brandenburg

Urban design competition 2003
Government district south of the historic city
Completion of the city block and increased density in dialogue with the existing
GFA 105 000 m² | 7 Ha

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Landscape architecture: Lohrer Hochrein, Munich