taz publishing house – check engineering

© Yasutaka Kojima

The daily newspaper taz built a new publishing house in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, right next to the area of the Jewish Museum. The design of the Swiss architects Piet E2A Eckert and Wim Eckert and the structural engineers Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure impresses through functionality, aesthetics and openness. The offices, conference rooms, café and meeting areas spread over seven U-shaped storeys. The excavation pit is located directly next to a subway tunnel. The deep foundation of the building consists of bored piles. The basement is carried out as a white tank construction. The reinforced concrete construction basically consists of a diamond-shaped truss structure on the outer sides and pre-stressed ceiling systems. All structural elements are planned as prefabricated or semi-prefabricated parts with in-situ concrete. A special feature is the completely glazed stair structure with four flights offering a maximum of transparency and views from the Friedrichstrasse into the building.

Berlin, Germany
E2A Piet Eckert und Wim Eckert Architekten AG, Zürich
taz, die tageszeitung
Project Responsibility
Mike Schlaich


Technical Data

Gross cubic capacity
35,000 m²
Gross floor area
5,500 m²
29 m
Length x width
33 m x 34 m
Base area
1,360 m²
Span of floor slabs
approx. 12 m




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