LAVA's design concept for THE:SQUARE³ was "LIFE NATURE SPORT". The proposed mixed use development was to be located close to Berlin's centre and Europe’s largest urban nature reserve and Olympics training centre.
LIFE: A multifunctional urban plan includes all the essentials for a high-quality and healthy urban existence for locals, workers and visitors, successfully answering the demands of a contemporary, quality lifestyle.
NATURE: Green characterises three blocks containing apartments, retail space, a kindergarten and social services. Residents enjoy diagonally shaped spaces, green roof-scapes with cascading balconies, integrated garden courtyards, and overlook playing fields. Hanging plant-filled facades are articulated according to building orientation.
SPORT: Rising above a sport ‘podium’ are three towers of varying heights with Olympic themed metallic facades of gold, silver and bronze. Each is tapered to maximise sunlight, views and ventilation. Offices, apartments, a medical and research centre, sports education facilities, a sports hotel and a shopping mall, encircle a green piazza.
The design won a 2015 European Property Award and a 2012 Iconic Award, German Design Council.