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Old October 21st, 2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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BERLIN | Upper West | 118m | 33 fl | Com

Berlin is getting a new highrise at Breitscheid-Platz, the center of the
western part of the city, right next to the famous Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church)
and the recently built Zoofenster.


Current renderings:

Quelle: LANGHOF / KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten


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Older visualization:

( Strabag Real Estate / Langhof Architekten)



The project is quite old - dating back to 1994, and it had numerous redesigns. Formerly, it was called "Atlas Tower".
Older designs can be viewed on the website of the architect Christoph Langhof.
Maybe the design will change again slightly.

Investor: Strabag Real Estate
Architect: Christoph Langhof
Use: not clear, probably multiuse
floorspace: 55000 m² (usable: 44.000 m²) + 9000 m² for the new 8 fl. socket building
costs: ca. 250 mio. €
location: bing

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Status (Oct 21, 2012):
- tenants are denounced and leave the building that ocuppies the area till November 1.
- demolition could start early 2013, at latest


Status (Nov 24, 2012):
- demolition of the old building occupying the site started in November ("Schimmelpfeng-Haus")
- probably finished in spring 2013, then the groundworks for the "Upper West Tower" start
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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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great project!

i hope zoofenster and upper west are just the beginning of a new cluster.

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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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Nice one! And indeed let's hope for some more towers in this area to arrange a nice cluster!
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 01:57 AM   #4
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Nice design. BTW What's with that destroyed Church Tower??
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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^ It suffered from bombing and the urban warfare that maltreated most of Berlin in WW2.

After the war, parts of the church were torn down and a modern church was built next to it. The ruin was kept as a war memorial. You can read more about it there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_...emorial_Church



Thank you for creating this thread, Wonderboy! We should have more Berlin construction threads in the int. forums here, feel free to open additional ones.

I like the shape of the Atlas Tower. The new facade is classy too (if made of stone), but somehow I preferred the two-coloured earlier design. It could add more diversity to the cityscape there:



[IMG]http://i42.************/1rrfbs.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i42.************/2gtvuif.jpg[/IMG]
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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Awesome project, that´s great news for Berlin.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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yeah, it will be a fantastic addition to the Zoofenster Tower
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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Nice. I think I would prefeer the one colour design. Great addition for this area anyway.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:09 AM   #9
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Great project for Berlin. I like the two colors CW design.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 10:20 PM   #10
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The name of the tower is "Upper West" now.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 02:46 AM   #11
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Who said something other?
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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:14 AM   #12
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It seems that the demolition works have already started on the old building

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Old November 20th, 2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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demolition started and construction will start in spring 2013. the first 18 floors will be a "motel one" hotel, the rest offices
and on the top a skybar is planned. the ground floors will be shops. a new rendering was just released today.


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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #14
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So cool!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #15
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Big improvement for the "City-West" around Breitscheidplatz.
However...118 meters in hight is just a bit too small.
Looking at whats going on in Frankfurt and all around Europe, 150 m in such a prominent location would have been the least....
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Old November 21st, 2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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Another good quality visualisation:


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Old November 23rd, 2012, 03:08 AM   #17
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Would have looked better in white.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:17 AM   #18
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Think this tower will be very shiny and glow in the sun.

Wish it was at least 150m high though. 118m is a bit tiny.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 11:45 AM   #19
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Berlin just keeps on shining!
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #20
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I think the podium building improved a lot.

That golden glimpse is pretty cool and brave. I hope it turns out to be of high quality, otherwise it might turn looking cheapish easily.
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