Bikini Berlin: "The boxes are a unique modular system"

Interview with architekt Dionys Ottl from "Hild und K"

08/01/2014

Photo: Dionys Ottl; copyright: Wilfried Dechau

Dionys Ottl: "The concept mall creators’ desire for individuality and authenticity has also guided us in the design"; © Wilfried Dechau

Photo: Bikini Berlin; Copyright: Wilfried Dechau

In 1955, architects Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger created an uncluttered, transparent structure with the "Zentrum am Zoo" and the adjoining "Bikinihaus"; © Wilfried Dechau

Photo: Bikini Box "Bam Berlin" at Bikini Berlin; Copyright: Wilfried Dechau

The Bikini boxes are a unique modular system: smaller temporary retail units are spread out like islands across the entire hall. The boxes are available for experimental concepts; © Wilfried Dechau

Photo: picture window on the inside of the Bikini Berlin Pool opens towards the neighboring monkey hill of Zoo Berlin; Copyright: Wilfried Dechau

A four by fourteen meter picture window on the inside of the Bikini Berlin Pool opens towards the neighboring monkey hill; © Wilfried Dechau

Photo: Insight of Bikini Berlin; Copyright: Wilfried Dechau

The virtually makeshift look of the timber construction made of untreated wood also mirrors this temporary character. At the same time, the system is extremely variable; © Wilfried Dechau

Photo: roof garden Bikini Berlin; Copyright: Wilfried Dechau

Bikini Berlin overall features a high degree of memorability. Architectural design aspects are certainly responsible for this, first and foremost the publically accessible 7,000 square meter terrace on the rooftop; © Wilfried Dechau