Sony Center - Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
The Sony Center (or Centre if you prefer the original English spelling) is one of the most compelling icons of modern Berlin.
Situated in the heart of Potsdamer Platz which was decimated in WW2 and then turned into a Nomansland in the Cold War, it became prime real estate when the Berlin Wall came down.
Designed by Helmut Jahn, the German-American architect, the Sony Center was completed in 2000 at a cost of €750m.
The imaginative arena is enclosed by a spectacular roof constructed of glass, steel and fabric and promotes Berlin’s contribution to the world of films. There is not only an Imax theatre but also a film museum, which I haven’t been into but would no doubt feature Berlin’s most famous actress, Marlene Dietrich.
You won’t be surprised to learn that there are a number of cafes and restaurants to entice you to sit and take in the surroundings, but if you get the opportunity I urge you to come in the evening because Yann Kersale, a Parisian lighting artist, brings the whole Sony Center to life.
Although it attracts some 8 million visitors a year I’ve never felt uncomfortable by crowds of people, but it would make sense to come early in the evening if you want to grab a table and enjoy modern Berlin at its best.
Sony center is one of the most famous Berlin modern buildings. It was built from 1996 to 2000 at the place of Potsdamer square, that was hardly damaged during Second World War. Nowadays place is more or less symbol of modernity.
Sony center is special for its architecture, interesting roof, modern things, mixed with new ones, as you can see pieces of old buildings incorporated into modern glass. Sony center houses shops, hotels, conference centers, cinemas, theater, so on.
The most striking building complex at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is the Sony Center. This complex was designed by the reputable German-American architect Helmut Jahn
Its construction was completed in 2000. The complex consists of eight buildings, which you control a Sony Store, cinemas, shops, restaurants, hotel rooms, offices, an IMAX cinema and much more are found
There are also some interesting museums located, such as the Film and TV Museum. The ultramodern buildings symbolize the new Berlin
Potsdamer Platz has always been one of Berlins’ important areas and meeting places. The area was laid waste during WW2 and it remained that way because the Berlin War ran across it. After reunification it was redeveloped and became the largest building site in Europe. One of the buildings is the Sony Centre which was completed in 2000 and is considered to be one of the most accomplished pieces of modern architecture in Berlin. The Sony Centre has become a place to meet and sit under its unusual roof. The only problem with the unusual roof is, its not rain proof so you have to pick your spot when its raining.
The Sony Center is a building complex located at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. It is Berlin's new heart, the Center enthrals some eight million visitors every year.
The Sony Center was designed by Helmut Jahn and construction was completed in 2000 at a total cost of US$800M. It contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference center, hotel rooms, luxurious rented suites and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, movie theaters, an IMAX theater, and a "Sony Style" store much like the one in San Francisco.
A light-flooded plaza spanned by a spectacular roof offer space for a modern lifestyle, unique and with stunning atmosphere.
The Sony Centre Located at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, attracts over eight million visitors every year.
It is a vast complex of buildings grouped around an atrium at the centre. There are eight buildings which are used as offices, apartments, cinema theatres etc. There is a museum of fine art also inside the complex. Visitors shall be amazed by the marvelous architecture and by the light-flooded plaza spanned by a spectacular glass facades and roof providing natural and artificial light, entertainment & events, cafés & restaurants.
A bit of marketing with the name but still this place looks impressive as you can see from the picture... there's not a huge amount to do and you can do this whole place in a few hours but there's a lot of shops and some nice restuarants and cafes in and around this place. I would come just for the view which is spectacular. you can take a glass life up to the top of the center and look down on everyone as the whole place is made of glass... Other must do's here is the Film museum which was fairly empty when I was there because of the time of year and time fo day but very interesting and worth a look.
OK, forgive the corporate sponsorships and references, forgive the overwhelming "malling" of the world's cities and forgive the over-Americanization of the world's cities, but the Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is an architectural wonder. What was once a slab of concrete and barbed wire separating two worlds, is now a glass town square filled with cafes, shops and a huge premiere-worthy movie theater.
The Sony Center is AWESOME!!! If you are staying in a hotel anywhere near Potsdammer Platz, the Sony Center is where you want to end up. There are a ton of restaurants and bars that are fantastic. While you will not find clubs in this place, it is a nightlife mecca.
In the centre of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz, the Sony Center, a lively urban ensemble of seven buildings has been built. The site, which covers approximately 26,000 m², is in extremely interesting surroundings and has provided space for a combination of living working and entertainment since January 2000.
The Sony Center is a huge forum under a glass dome. I didn't know about it and I was truly startled when I walked inside. Really gigantic. Berliners must love it because it was full of people, all age groups, all being entertained by the excitement of the place.
There's an Imax, terrace cafés, live tv and radio shows, etc etc etc... *and* the German Cinema Museum, with cinema archives and a Marlene Dietrich collection.
There was a lot of tropical vegetation. I think I saw some palm trees. But I'll have to go back, it was too much suddenly.
Architectural mega-projects are usually compelling from a distance but often stumble when they meet the street. The Sony Complex (opened in 2000) not only created a nice dialogue with neighboring buildings of Potsdamer Platz but also animated the pedestrian scene at its base. The building contained the vast interior Forum a bit intimidating but "very high energy."
The complex contained:
- expensive stores,
- restaurants, cafes,
- commercial space hired by various companies including Sony's European headquarters,
- a Movie Centre, an Imax 3-D Cinema and the Filmuseum.
I did some window shopping and window... eating :-) there.
In my opinion Sony Center looked very impressive esp. its roof and inside forum although I prefer small architecture of old, narrow streets full of cafes, restaurants, tiny shops and alive people.
A very modern building at Potsdamer Platz with lots of restaurants and a 3D cinema. The roof itselve is already an attraction.