• Date
  • 2004
  • Location
  • Germany, Berlin
  • Size
  • 3,970 m²
  • Sector
  • Retail, Offices
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Canopies, Roofs
  • Architect
  • nps tchoban voss GmbH & Co. KG


The site of the DomAquarée was once home to the infamous Palace Hotel in the former German Democratic Republic. Foreign journalists, who flocked to the Palace Hotel to report on the fall of the Berlin Wall, were joined by East German citizens who previously were forbidden from entering the hotel.

The most recent redevelopment of the complex in 2004 involved the two main buildings being joined by an intricate Texlon® ETFE canopy covering the Heilig Geist alley – one of the oldest streets in Berlin. This elegant canopy over sails the building parapet to create a naturally ventilated space – the elegant cafes and restaurants below can be utilised fully all year round.

The luxurious hotel building houses the AquaDom – the world’s biggest free-standing aquarium. It is covered by Vector Foiltec’s variable skin technology. Two layers of Texlon® ETFE were printed and can be adjusted pneumatically to adjust the amount of light transmitted through the system. The office and residential block is covered by a specially printed Texlon® ETFE cladding system designed to reduce the solar glare while optimising light transmission levels entering the building.


Main Image: © Tom Maelsa