“Everything we build today must also be usable in a different way in the future.”


In the run-up to the planning for this office twin in Berlin-Friedrichshain, we worked with GRAFT Architects and Bene to find answers to the questions that everyone has been asking themselves since the Covid pandemic if not before: How do we want to work in the future, and how must office spaces be built and designed so that people like to spend time there?

Three key answers can be found at A LASKA. Just like everything in life, it is a snapshot in time, which is why the first answer is particularly important:

1 | Everything we build today must also be usable in a different way in the future. Our world is changing faster than ever before. Buildings and workspaces must be adaptable to the greatest possible degree.

2 | We need workspaces in which we enjoy coming together as a team and as humans, and in which we can be creative and productive. No conference technology in the world can replace the energy and power of innovation that lie within genuine human interaction.

3 | There is no alternative to resource-efficient architecture. The environmental innovation of today will become the standard faster than ever before.

Think inside the box
Here, different teams find the spaces they need for their day-to-day work. The sometimes contrasting human needs for collaboration, exchange, retreat and relaxation are taken into account.

Laskerstraße was named in 1910 after the Jewish jurist, writer, and politician Eduard Lasker (1829-84). The property at Laskerstraße 1/Markgrafendamm 25 belonged to the merchant Leo Cohn, who had a residential and commercial building constructed here in 1914. The users of the business premises included the “Vietz-Verkehrsreklame” company and, in 1932, the “Gerüstverleih Otto Müller”, the “Farbenhandlung Karl Rossins,” and Max Ruchs “Grünkramhandlung”.

During World War II, the urban area between Warschauer Strasse and the eastern S-Bahn ring contained an extensive rail network, and it was the target of Allied air raids. As a result, most of the buildings and plants were destroyed or severely damaged. The residential and commercial building on the property at Laskerstraße 1/Markgrafendamm 25 was also affected, and the ruins were demolished around 1950. The research was done by berlinHistory e.V..

You can read about how the history of this part of the city continued in the app: berlinhistory.app

Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg, Thomas Willemeit | © Mario Heller

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