Dresden Postplatz

Hidden Oasis

Dresden Postplatz, OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten

Stony Ariel

"Stony Ariel" is a well-ventilated urban building block with an intensively greened interior. It will be Dresden's next innovative urban quarter in a prime city centre location with a use for office structures, coworking and new work to optimise the supply of modern office space in the city location. Its location is the so-called "stone joint" of Dresden, the Postplatz. Surrounding the square is an architectural ensemble consisting of the - listed - baroque jewel of the Zwinger and the historic municipal theatre, as well as contemporary architecture such as the Motel One and the Wilsdruffer Kubus. If the Postplatz is considered one of the most important squares in Dresden's city centre due to its location and importance for the infrastructure, it still lacks an appropriate urban quality of stay: the square does not have a harmoniously composed surface, as the corresponding building mass is missing to define this area; in addition, it is very lacking in greenery. Through the construction of our "Stony Ariel", the boundaries of the square are revealed and it is given a clearly defined form in the urban fabric.

Dresden Postplatz, OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten

Exterior and interior

The forward-looking part of the design is located inside, in the part of the architecture facing away from the Postplatz. The "Stony Ariel" is accessible to the public from the Postplatz and is optimally ventilated by its canyon-like interior, which guarantees a healthy and pleasant indoor climate. The stepped floors, open to the outside, offer the users of the "Ariel" many interesting perspectives and views into the urban space and anchor it visually and mentally with the users. From the ground floor upwards, all floors facing the inner courtyard are intensively greened, and the roof as the fifth facade is designed as a garden. The energy requirements are to be largely covered by solar concepts in the sense of sustainable building (partial photovoltaics). With the "Stony Ariel", the Post Office Square would have its green urban building block, whose radiance can stimulate the design of the outdoor areas and effectively improve the climate at the site.

Dresden Postplatz, OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten


Ariel means air spirit and is a well-known figure in the theatre world. The air spirit is the linguistic equivalent here for the air movements and the green lung through the canyon-like internal structure of the courtyard architecture. Stony is derived from stone and stands for the solid, architectural urban building block and the future outward-facing stone facade design of our design.

Key Facts

Location: Dresden

Period: 2021

Client: CCD Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co. KG, CCD Beteiligungs&Grundbesitz GmbH & Co. KG, Landeshauptstadt Dresden

Commission: Competition

Render: OSA Ochs Schmidhuber Architekten

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