Tourists find the capital's hot spots in West Berlin around the Kurfürstendamm: including the Zoo, KaDeWe, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. And now, with the revitalisation of the Bikini-Haus, new life has been breathed into the listed group of buildings again. A new roof terrace on the Bikini-Haus gives visitors a breath-taking view across the zoo and the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. The drainage of the roof terrace, as well as the areas in front of the glass facade, has been optimised by ACO Profiline drainage channels.
The Bikini-Haus built by architects Schwebes and Schoszberger, lies immediately adjacent to the memorial church. The original low-rise building was divided into two parts, and primarily housed companies engaged in the women’s outer clothing industry when it opened in 1957. Because of the architecture and the building's use, the six-storey building was nicknamed "Bikini-Haus" by the locals.
As part of the conversion work which began in 2010, another 54,000 square metres of floor space was added behind the largely unchanged facade. When the building work ended in April 2014, approx. 17,000 square metres became available for retail outlets and gastronomy, approx. 7,500 square metres of floor space for offices, there was also a design hotel with 149 beds and a multi-storey car park, and 7,000 square metres for a publically accessible large green roof terrace. Visitors to the Bikini-Haus now enjoy a breath-taking view across the zoo and the Charlottenburg district of Berlin from this terrace.
ACO Profiline drainage channels are used to drain the roof terrace as well as the areas in front of the recessed glass facade of the staggered storeys.
Information at a glance
Object: Bikini Haus
Location: Berlin, Germany
Year of construction: 2010 - 2013
ACO products: Facade drainage system