OMA wins the Axel Springer compettion

OMA wins the Axel Springer compettion
Competition [BER] Germany
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OMA's proposal for the new Axel Springer Media Center. Image courtesy OMA
Multimedia group Axel Springer announced that OMA, is the winner in the competition to design its new Media Center headquarters in Berlin.

Axel Springer's architectural competition has been concluded: the architectural office OMA shall develop the details of a project which can be granted planning permission in coordination with the building principal and the relevant authorities. In a final consultative meeting on Tuesday, 25 March 2014, the jury, consisting of field experts and representatives of Berlin’s administration as well as of Axel Springer unanimously recommended the concept submitted by Rem Koolhaas’ firm. The concept prevailed against the two further winning concepts by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) und Buro Ole Scheeren.

The task of the competition, which was announced in May 2013, was to develop ideas to create additional space for Axel Springer's growing business divisions, and in particular its digital offers. In addition, the planned building structure should set new standards in terms of architectural atmosphere, usage and room conception, reflecting a modern working environment. 18 German and international architects' offices took part in the competition.

The operative part of the competition ended on 12 December 2013 and was won by the three architects' offices Bjarke Ingels Group, Buro Ole Scheeren and OMA. In the subsequent weeks the winning entries were primarily examined in terms of more


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