BIKINI BERLIN awarded with LEED GOLD certificate

For the building classification programme LEED Core & Shell, BIKINI BERLIN was inspected in six main categories: sustainable location, water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, interior quality, innovation and planning processes.

The primary aspects that stood out for the jury were the way that the building has been integrated into its surroundings, the environmentally friendly revitalisation of a much-frequented location, its sustainable way of dealing with rainwater, energy-efficient facade construction, large-scale recycling of existing building materials taking into consideration local materials, the location-inspired choice of plants and greenery and outstanding interior air quality.

The facade design of the Bikini building proved to be a particular challenge in terms of working towards the certification: the task was to reconstruct the listed facade facing Budapester Strasse, which dates back to the original construction period of the 1950s, in a way that was true to the original, whilst taking into account modern energy-related standards. The facade facing the Zoological Garden, on the other hand, was fully glazed. Another detail worth mentioning is BIKINI BERLIN’s lighting system: inside the Bikini building LED lights were used throughout.

Dr. Herman Brandstetter, managing director of Bayerische Hausbau, said:

“With BIKINI BERLIN we have acquired a piece of contemporary history at one of the most symbolic locations in Berlin, which means we are also under obligation to treat it with responsibility. We have risen to this challenge in every respect. Of course this also includes the task of acting in an environmentally aware and sustainable way.”