nps tchoban voss GmbH & Co. KG
Situated in the heart of Berlin, and adjacent to the Berlin Cathedral, the new 476 million Euro, DomAquarée development by DIFA AG and prominent German Architects NPS Tchoban Voss, incorporates the World's largest salt water aquarium structure, a four star hotel, office and retail complexes, as well as residential apartments.
The AquaDom, a 16 m high cylindrical aquarium containing nearly 1 million litres of salt water and over 2,500 fish of 100 different species, forms the architectural centrepiece of the whole development.
The 820 m² roof is a special Texlon structure that uses Vector Foiltec's variable skin technology to adjust the amount of light transmitted through the system. The system was designed in close collaboration with the Architects to achieve a lightweight, net-like structure.
Between the two main buildings is the Heiligegeistgasse (Holy Spirit Lane), a retail strip that is protected from the elements by an innovative Texlon Foil roof structure at the high level. The Texlon in this location is supported by a series of interlinking arches that combine to form an ultra-lightweight structural system. The Texlon was treated with a special fritted pattern to reduce the solar glare through the system.
Building D comprises a 1,600 m² roof structure over an office complex atrium space. The Texlon skin for this area also incorporates the same fritted pattern to control glare into the courtyard area below.