Media City

Babelsberg, Germany


Media City is a 94,000-square-meter office park that will serve as the gateway for Germany’s filmmaking headquarters in the city of Potsdam in the Babelsberg quarter.

The design concept is focused on creating human-scaled buildings that encourage community and flexible office and public spaces throughout.  The design proposes a 66-meter-high circular office tower that anchors four lower-rise arc buildings of 44 and 22 meters. The lower, wider buildings are to be built at the front of the street, with the higher tower set back from the street creating more open space.  The building site for the Media City complex is fallow and undeveloped. It is located at the intersection of Großbeerenstrasse/August-Bebel-Strasse, which is located next to the well-known “Action Volcano” of the Filmpark and diagonally opposite the Potsdam-Medienstadt Babelsberg train station.

“The design of the five buildings is inspired by the forms associated with filmmaking:  stacked 70-millimeter film reels; camera apertures; and lenses. The building ensemble is intended to further secure the development of Babelsberg as a world-renowned film and media location, said Architect Daniel Libeskind. “I am delighted to be able to now turn this design into reality together with KW-Development and the city of Potsdam,” added Daniel Libeskind.

Project developer Jan Kretzschmar acquired the site from the Filmpark in 2020. The office ensemble is not the first joint construction project between the two players: Kretzschmar and Schatz have already developed the residential and commercial buildings in Marlene-Dietrich-Allee as well as the new building for the costume collection in the Media City. The collection building for the Film University and the Film Museum is nearing completion; the school, after-school care center, sports hall, and parking garage are in the starting blocks.