Linden Palais

Being the former home of the French embassy, the Linden Palais has amazing views over Berlin and nearly 5.000 sqm of workspace across seven floors. The space boasts an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, which calls for informal meetings over a cup of coffee brewed by a local coffee roaster, while offering a beautiful home for everyone, from young startups to freelancers or experienced entrepreneurs.

Berlin, Germany


Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen & Sandie Lykke Nolsøe





Marble kitchens, large loft-like lounge areas with exceptionally high ceilings, and exquisite herringbone parquet flooring, as well as a salon on the top floor provide an impressive backdrop for people to work creatively and productively in the new TOG workspace.

Located on the prominent boulevard of Unter den Linden, Linden Palais sits proudly amid Berlin’s most famous and historic monuments. Completed back in 1908, it’s one of the few buildings that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, why it still tells stories of time through striking ornamentation, precious ceiling mosaic, neoclassical stucco, and historic marble inlays that all serve as a stimulating contrast to the newly designed workspaces.

The street level entrance is opened towards the outside boulevard, drawing in the natural green colors of the characteristic Linden trees that line the grassed pedestrian mall. To enhance this connection, the grey tiling on the floor resembles that of the pavement outside, so that the street seems to flow naturally into the space.
All along the street facade the connection to the tree lined boulevard is almost unobstructed by the full height windows bringing in nature and an abundance of natural light.
The building comes together through two separate concepts that make up a whole. The first takes inspiration from the surrounding environment; Under den Linden, mimicking the rhythm of the trees lined up along the historic boulevard through columns and greenery in the spacious lobby, giving the guest an urban outdoor feel. Concrete floors and industrial yet tactile materials emphasize the references to the city structures of the neighboring settings.

The second concept is that of “The Heritage Apartment”, characterized by Herringbone Parquet flooring, detailed paneling, arched windows, and heavy drapes. Approaching that with a more contemporary design language means tightening up the interior with graphic panels, minimal inbuilt elements, and contemporary interpretations of classic lamps and chandeliers.
Artworks decorate the walls and marble plinths on display, while rugs and bookcases accentuate the homey feel, creating an exclusive, residential impression, elegantly balancing the openness of the work environment with the laidback atmosphere of a private dwelling.

The existing building with its many beautiful features and its location on the historic Unter den Linden were a big source of inspiration to us. We knew very early on that we wanted to highlight those features in a contemporary way.

– Norm Architects

As we set out to create the concept for Linden Palais, we formed working titles such as ‘Kitchen’, ‘Library’ and ‘Living Room’ to always keep in mind the domesticity that we wanted to integrate in the working environment.

– Norm Architects

A defining characteristic of ‘Unter den Linden’ is the Linden trees along the boulevard. With rows of pillars and other repetitive elements, the theme of the alley continues inside the shared office space. These elements define the different zones of the ground floor and make the experience of discovering the space more interesting, by not showing the entirety at first glance. An added interior colonnade creates a transition between open public space and more enclosed work zones, forming an experience of moving between exterior and interior spaces.

The colour scale of the interior is inspired by the colours of the original entrance ceiling – heavy colours brought out by marble, gold, wood, and stone, which we have interpreted in more subtle colour references to maintain an overall minimal look. Each colour serves as a base for the interior in each of the floors, while also functioning as refined wayfinding.

Well-being and productivity go hand in hand. Therefore, we strived to create an optimal working environment in which there is space for both focused work and for relaxed exchange among colleagues and interesting conversation partners.
Linden Palais is most certainly a striking building that feature intricate details, why conveying and promoting the architectural history within was a given. We’ve done so simply by restoring and interpreting elements that tell its story in a humble way.
Existing architectural elements such as herringbone parquet flooring, detailed ceilings and wall paneling as well as curved archways all served as our starting point for the design. Hence, elements can be found all over that establish the connection to the history of building in a striking yet unobtrusive way.

Linden Palais offers spaces that range from 2 to 95 workstations. Office spaces of diverse sizes and features can be rented flexibly and adapted to changing requirements at any time. In addition to hot desks, meeting rooms, private offices and lounge areas, the building also offers open kitchens, a spacious roof terrace and a cozy courtyard on the first floor.


Linden Palais