The 18-story Tour Total—which towers over the surrounding historic fabric of Berlin—is the first completed building in the 40-hectare Europacity master plan to the north of the Hauptbahnhof, the city’s main train station.
The building is clad in a load-bearing skin of concrete columns and beams, which were fabricated by Dreßler Bau.
The articulated surface of the concrete skin creates a shadow pattern that offers an ombré effect at different times of day. This is further accentuated by the bent floorplate, which was the result of careful consideration to creating variation in views of Tour Total from the surrounding neighborhoods.
At the base of the building, the concrete beams of the façade system give way to piers that form a colonnade which shelters ground-floor retail spaces. These will be occupied by a café and other amenities.
The walls in the ground-floor lobby are clad in panels that mimic the articulation of the concrete façade.
The leasable office floors are being fitted out both by anchor tenant Total, a French oil and gas company, and others.
Other floors still sit empty, waiting for tenants, but a largely column-free interior allows for unobstructed views through the operable windows from Schüco International.