Sony Center

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Sony Center
Sony Center
Sony Center displays a "cyberpunk corporate urban (futuristic)" aesthetic.[1]
General information
Town or city Berlin
Country Germany
Design and construction
Architect

Helmut Jahn

Peter Walker (landscape architect)
Architecture firm PWP Landscape Architecture
Structural engineer Ove Arup & Partners
Services engineer Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B)
Website
Sony Center Official Site (EN)
Central forum of the Sony Center
Sony Center outside

The Sony Center is a JAHN designed Sony-sponsored building complex located at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. It opened in 2000 and houses Sony's German headquarters.

History[edit]

The site was originally a bustling city centre in the early 20th century. Most of the buildings were destroyed or damaged during World War II. From 1961 on, most of the area became part of the No Man's Land of the Berlin Wall, resulting in the destruction of the remaining buildings. After the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, the square became the focus of attention again, as a large (some 60 hectares), attractive location which had suddenly become available in the centre of a major European capital city. As part of a redevelopment effort for the area, the space was constructed. The space was designed by Helmut Jahn and Peter Walker as landscape architect and construction was completed in 2000 at a total cost of €750M. In February 2008 Sony sold Berlin's Sony Center for less than €600M to a group of German and US investment funds, including investment bank Morgan Stanley, Corpus Sireo and an affiliate of The John Buck Company.[2] The group sold the Sony Center to the National Pension Service of South Korea for €570M in 2010.[3][4]

Attractions[edit]

The Sony Center contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference centre, hotel rooms, luxurious rented suites and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, cinemas, an IMAX theatre, a Legoland Discovery Centre, and a "Sony Style" store. Free Wi-Fi is available. During major sports events like the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the centre also had a large television screen on which the games were shown to viewers sitting in the large open area in the middle.

The Sony Center is located near Berlin Potsdamer Platz railway station, which can be accessed on foot. A large shopping centre is nearby, as are many hotels, Deutsche Bahn central offices, and an office building with the fastest lift in Europe.

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Coordinates: 52°30′36″N 13°22′25″E / 52.51000°N 13.37361°E / 52.51000; 13.37361

The glass roof over the Berlin Sony Center