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BBI Infotower

Photo: BBI Infotower – nightly view of the tower illuminated in turquoise whose triangular ground plan continuously twists upwards
Facts and Figures
Company PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA
Principal Flughafen Berlin Schönefeld GmbH
Location Berlin - Germany
Type Industrial construction
Runtime 03.2007 - 11.2007

Complex technology for extraordinary architecture

The order for the erection of a lookout tower with visitor pavilion for 80 people PORR received in March 2007 gave the starting signal for construction work on the new capital city airport known as Berlin Brandenburg International BBI. The 32-m-tall Infotower designed by Berlin’s architecture office of Kusus + Kusus offers magnificent views of the future airport’s construction site which measures 2,000 football fields. The tower consists of a round access core built using reinforced concrete as well as an interior lift and a steel staircase that runs around the core. The building is enclosed by a triangular steel structure which twists by 6° on every one of the tower’s ten levels. This steel construction is covered with a transparent membrane foil which can be used for multimedia purposes. Located on the 9th level is a 60-m² enclosed lookout platform and another 60-m² lookout platform, this one open, is located on the 10th level. The adjacent visitor pavilion rests on a reinforced concrete base and has been – similar to the tower itself – built as a steel structure with circumferential membrane foil. In its interior, it houses an exhibition space, a marketing office, a bistro as well as sanitary facilities.

Elaborately landscaped outside facilities complete the building ensemble’s modern appearance. The building’s stipulated construction time was an unbelievable short 16 weeks.