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Artist : Helmut Jahn

Date : between 1996 and 2000

Berlin
Sony Center
Potsdamer Platz
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The covered Forum in the middle of the Sony Center has developed into one of the most exciting venues in Berlin. The spectacular roof structure combining glass and fabric webbing offers an unparalleled setting for international events.

Fascinating Roof Structure
The large roof spanning the Forum is the most distinguishing architectural feature of the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz. The roof structure, as designed by architect Helmut Jahn and the engineers of Ove Arup & Partner, consists of glass, steel and fabric webbing. It covers the middle of the Sony Center, spanning it approximately 100 meters in the principal axis and about 80 meters in the secondary axis. The unique oval roof weighs some 920 tons. Yet, the airiness with which it floats over the central Forum is truly amazing.

At nightfall, the roof is illuminated and shines in varying colors. The transparent roof structure serves as a skylight and projection surface for 48 projectors and 24 spotlights. Retracing a sunset, colors change between cyan and magenta every night. Yann Kersalé, a Paris-based light artist created the concept for that.

Events
Stories Told in Yurts, held in January, the International Film Festival in February and Boccia on Ice during the Christmas Season are among the regular features staged at the Sony Center. Sports, art and music events and diverse product presentations ensure that there is always something for the visitor to experience at the Sony Center. During the numerous film premières, Europe's longest red carpet is rolled out in front of the CineStar Original, with the fans of such stars as Tom Cruise, Leonardo di Caprio, Penélope Cruz, Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry crowding the Forum. Exceptional individual events, too, create a sensation. For example, during the 2002 Soccer World Cup, the Sony Center turned into "Germany's secret World Cup stadium", with thousands of soccer fans watching the games on an LED screen and celebrating a festival of nations.

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