Moritz Gruppe Designs Sports-Themed M-U Project

Developer Moritz Gruppe has come up with a new vision for a large sports-themed mixed-use project. Based on a design by well-known architectural firm LAVA, THE SQUARE3 will focus on three elements: life, nature and sport.

Berlin – Developer Moritz Gruppe has come up with a new vision for a large sports-themed mixed-use project. Based on a design by well-known architectural firm LAVA, THE SQUARE3 will focus on three elements: life, nature and sport.

According to information released by the developer, the mixed-use project will be located less than 10 minutes from Alexanderplatz, the German capital’s core. Following the central theme of THE SQUARE3,the three diagonally formed city blocks would create a dynamic, mixed-use environment in the city of Berlin. The 15-acre site will house an Olympic-inspired podium-like construction consisting of three differently shaped towers, each of which will be decorated with one of the colors of the medals given to athletes in the prestigious sports event.

The $585 million investment will create a 1.5 million-square-foot complex featuring office space that would cater to sports-centric tenants, including sports clubs and companies that are active in the industry. The development plan also includes roughly 1,000 residential units, a gross leasable area of about 1 million square feet, a medical and research center, a sports hotel and sports-themed entertainment areas, a specialized shopping mall, educational facilities, childcare spaces and a multi-level parking facility. Construction is scheduled to start in 2014, with a completion date tentatively set sometime in 2017.

The three concepts of life, nature and sport will be introduced in the project as follows:

  • LIFE – the concept calls for this component to be materialized in the community’s living spaces: the apartments, offices, retail and social facilities;
  • NATURE – embodies the sustainable element of THE SQUAREincluding roof gardens, hanging green facades and common courtyards and green spaces;
  • SPORT – the main architectural element of the podium-shaped towers; this also represents the focus on sports offices, the hotel, the shopping mall and athletes’ hospitality facilities.