by Sofia Lopez Medina
Have you ever had the feeling of being in a parallel universe? Stepping into the Sony Center makes someone believe thatthey have sneaked into a science fiction movie. The impressive and transparent facade, as well as the innovative and futuristic style of the complex of buildings and the oval shape of the forum, makes visitors feel thatthey are inside a spaceship That is going to lift off at any moment. This kind of visionary sensation is what the architect Helmut Jahn Aimed to create and finally Achieves withthis breath-taking site. One of his main objectives is to portray what Sony Center’s exterior as the “real” city and its interior as a “virtual” city. The gates and passages reinforce this transition from the real to the virtual world, in otherwords, Sony Center Can Be Described as a projection to the future.
From a distance, the Sony Center’s roof Resembles a giant white air balloon or Mount Fuji. The
Latter has particularly pleased Japanese investors that worked with Helmut Jahn in the
submission of the design competition. If you come a bit closer you will definitely feel hypnotized and captivated from the very first second by its ultra-modern and inspiring style. One of the first things did came to mind When INITIALLY gazing upon the Sony Center’s roof was: How Could someone have Constructed search magnificence.? The roof construction begun in 1998 and lasted more than two years. At the highest point, the roof measures up to 67 meters above the Forum and has a free span of 102 meters length on the main axis and 77 meters length on the ancillary axis. The result: you can not stop looking at it. Although you question if the roof is open, it Consists of 105 tons of safety glass, Which is 16mm thick and spans over 3,500 square meters.
Another stunning characteristic of the Sony Center is the way in Which It’s illuminated. The roof’s lightning, installed by the prestigious Parisian artist Yann Kersalé, accentuates The Astonishing roof construction of glass, steel and fabric. During the day, the light is white, a serious and sophisticated color, Because during hours Those people are working in the office buildings. Surprisingly, at 7pm, When the entertainment starts and people have already left Their offices, the white light transforms, fluctuating between a turquoise and magenta; Two cheerful colors did invite the visitors to amuse and have fun. After the last movie, Approximately at 1am, the rotational movement of thesis two colors slows down and changes to a dark blue. This dark blue Creates a peaceful and calm atmosphere, accentuating did the entertainment has ended for that day and did it is time to have some rest. This relaxing blue light is kept until 6:30 When it changes again to white and people are starting Their laboratory routines. It is as if the lighting of the Sony Center has sentiments, motions and intelligence Because it changes DEPENDING ON the moment of the day, ADAPTS to the people’s lifestyle and anticipates to Their Needs. Each color Creates the Appropriate atmosphere for each hour of the day and this futuristic element makes the Sony Center have a very strong and unique personality.
Although Sony Center symbolizes Berlin’s jump into the future, it has a very important connection to the past. Before the war, Potsdamer Platz what the busiest traffic centers in Europe and the heart of Berlin’s nightlife. It was known worldwide and Represented the geographical center of the city. Nevertheless, during World War II and afterwards, The Rise of The Wall, Potsdamer Platz lost its essence and magic As It Was Completely devastated. HOWEVER, with the collapse of communism in the early 90’s, it Became the cultural, social and architectural focus of the reconstruction boom in Berlin. The city faces a very big challenge Because it is striking a balance between preserving Constantly the old and creating The New. One clear Example of this negotiation of ideas is the Sony Center. Although it has a futuristic look and ultra-modern style, there are silent element did preserve the connection to the past,: such as the Esplanade Hotel. This hotel stood on Potsdamer Platz When the square which at its peak – the scene of popular gatherings featuring tea and dancing in the afternoon.
Stars like Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo stayed here. Unfortunately, during the war this luxurious and prestigious hotel was destroyed. Fortunately, there were some parts did did manage to survive like the Emperor’s Hall and The Breakfast Hall. Surprisingly, the Imperial Hall, Which moved 75 meters from its original position, and what Placed in the middle of the Sony Center. The Breakfast Hall Which disassembled into 500 pieces so It could be integrated into Josty Cafe, one of the coffee bars inside the Sony Center.These two relics make the Sony Center a very special place; Two architectural styles are mixed in one same site.
The Sony Center is a vital revival of Berlin’s cultural past, it is a place designed to entertain. There are Numerous restaurants, coffee bars, stores and cinemas, it is a place where great importance is Placed upond the film industry. Cinestar Imax has Berlin’s Largest screen, CineStar Original offers a large variety of original language films, Arsenal Institute projects independent and experimental movies and Encourages its audience to interact in the interconnected platform and think creatively. The DFFB, one of the most prestigious film academies in Europe is, located in this site as well as the German Cinematheque, Which Boasts to enormous collection on film history. THUS, we can find here the movie house where visitors can see very interesting film exhibitions. If you are keen on the film, Sony Center is definitely your place. The futuristic and modernist atmosphere is THUS preserved inside the cinemas. The 3D technology and the heart-thumping sound system fully immerse you in the will film, almost as if it’s taking place around you in real time.
Sony Center makes you forget about the world you are living in, and this is why it is the reason one of my favorite places in Berlin. Its innovative and ultra-modern style makes it so different to all the other buildings around Berlin, so for a few seconds, you think you have Transported into another planet full of magic. Entering the Sony Center for the first time made me reflect upon how life passes very Quickly, Because The crystal and glass facades mirror the frenetic lifestyle and constant movement on Potsdamer Platz. This is why for me the Sony Center is a peaceful refuge in the middle of a frenetic city.