Helmut Jahn designed a spectacular roof of the Sony Center, which has become an internationally famous landmark of Berlin. It is located at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany and houses Sony’s German headquarters. When you are inside, you cannot stop looking up. In general, It was one of the highlights of my visit to Berlin, I loved the mixture of modern and old architecture in the city.
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Here are 10 little-known facts about the Glass Roof of Sony Centre in Berlin:
- The Sony Centre is a complex of eight buildings located in Potsdamer Platz, one of the most important public squares in Berlin.
- The complex was designed by German architect Helmut Jahn and was completed in 2000.
- The Glass Roof is the centrepiece of the Sony Centre and is a massive structure made of steel and glass.
- The roof covers an area of 4,600 square meters and is supported by 16 steel columns that are each 26 meters tall.
- The roof is made of 1,200 individual glass panels that are each 4.5 meters wide and 1.5 meters tall.
- The glass used for the roof is low-iron glass, which is highly transparent and allows for maximum light transmission.
- The roof is designed to be self-cleaning, with rainwater washing away dirt and debris.
- The Glass Roof is not only a visual highlight of the Sony Centre but also serves as a giant skylight, allowing natural light to flood the interior of the building.
- The roof is illuminated at night by a series of LED lights, which can be programmed to create a variety of lighting effects.
- The Sony Centre and its Glass Roof have become a popular tourist destinations, and the complex is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.