Project For Berlin’s Tallest Skyscraper

Frank O. Gehry wins competition for an apartment building at Berlin-Alexanderplatz

Facts
– 150 m height, 39 floors, 300 apartments, 1 hotel, costs 200-250 million Euro.
– 2015 start of construction, opening 2018
– highest building in Berlin
– highest residential building in Germany
– one of the very few new towers in Europe with sandstone cladding

Creating a skyscraper is not an easy task. Building design takes creativity and a lot of hard work. People have all kinds of tricks up their sleeve when it comes to designing them. Architect Frank Gehry put his bid in for a competition to build a skyscraper in Berlin and won!

Gehry Partners has been selected over David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates and seven other practices in an invited competition for a 300-unit residential tower in Berlin. The winning proposal, deemed “the most compelling” by jury for its rotating stacks of sculptural, stone-clad cubes that rise up to 150 meters, is expected to be Berlin’s tallest skyscraper and Germany’s tallest residential tower.

“Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the façade radiates agreeable tranquility. In addition, the design blends well with the neighborhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living,” commented Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director.

The majority of the Hines-developed, 500,000 square foot structure will be dedicated to a mixture of apartments and penthouses, however a portion of the tower will be used as a hotel.