Berlin’s Alexanderplatz is Hot Again but this time for Architects

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Berlin's Alexanderplatz is Hot Again but this time for Architects
This rendering shows the Alexander A. Tower in Berlin.
Berlin's Alexanderplatz is Hot Again but this time for Architects
This rendering shows the Alexander A. Tower in Berlin.

For nearly half a century the tallest building in Berlin has been a relic of its Soviet past. The Park Inn, a slender glass and concrete hotel in Alexanderplatz, was erected in the late 1960’s to mark East Germany’s 20th anniversary.

The 410-foot tall edifice, called Hotel Stadt Berlin at the time of its construction, can still be seen across much of the low-slung German capital today, standing in the shadow of the city’s television tower, the iconic sphere that stands just over 1,200 feet.

Yet as Berlin’s property values continue to soar – rising faster than any German city over the past five years – residential developers are set to challenge the Park Inn’s elevation supremacy. Two international builders have unveiled plans to erect skyscrapers at Alexanderplatz that will stand nearly 500-feet high and house some of the most expensive property in the city.

Russian developer MonArch AG, one of Moscow’s largest builders, plans to construct a sleek glass and steel tower that will measure at least 490 feet high and include 14,000 sq metres of residential apartments, the developer says.

A more ambitious project is being developed by the American firm Hines. The Houston based company is planning to build a boxy, twisting structure designed by Frank Gehry that will rise 490-feet and include three-hundred apartments and a hotel. Despite intense scrutiny from city officials, Berlin’s planning commission is set to approve the projects later this year, both developers say. []

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