Architecture Update: Potsdamer prize

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The Independent Culture
AN INTERNATIONAL competition for Potsdamer Platz, the hub of Berlin before the Second World War and today the city's most valuable development site, has been won by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and the German Helmut Jahn, best known for his work in Chicago.

Piano was chosen by Daimler Benz, the larger of the two landowners, beating off competition from Sir Richard Rogers, his former partner and co-designer of the Pompidou Centre, who came fourth. Jahn was selected by the Japanese electronics giant Sony.

Both companies intend to relocate their headquarters to Potsdamer Platz. The site masterplan was by the Munich-based architects Hilner and Sattler.