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Old July 30th, 2005, 03:54 AM   #1
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GERMANY | Railways

I know a bit late but better late than never!

Some Facts:

- The station will be the largest in Europe (I'm not sure if it will the the largest in the world) and the most expensive in the world.
- The 321 m long glass roof of the east-west hall is constructed as a lattice shell of almost square net elements varying in dimension
- By 2010 transport planners estimate more than 55 million long-distance visitors to Berlin and 85 million regional passengers.

Design: Meinhard von Gerkan
Client: Deutsche Bahn AG
Construction period: 996-2006
Gross floor area:180,000 m²







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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:05 AM   #2
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Construction picctures from the last month






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Old July 30th, 2005, 10:53 AM   #3
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I saw the works in November.
It will be a wonderful station!

Nice rendering.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 09:03 PM   #4
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Year, it's a great station, when will they start on the highrise tower?
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Old July 30th, 2005, 09:56 PM   #5
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At this rate they won't get done for the World Cup.

And those estimates about visitors to Berlin... pure propaganda.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 12:17 AM   #6
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Today they actually started tilting the towers over the tracks.

Here are some illustrations:

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Old July 31st, 2005, 12:41 AM   #7
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Forgive my ignorance, but is this an upgrade of an existing station, or a new giant terminus for Berlin?

It looks like a fantastic design either way!
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Old July 31st, 2005, 05:21 AM   #8
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Year, it's a great station, when will they start on the highrise tower?
Unfortunately I guess they will never build it. This tower should be the Deutsch Bahn headquaters but since the Deuschte Bahn built the DB tower at the Postdamer Platz this tower won't be needed. But who know maybe in some years ...
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Old July 31st, 2005, 05:26 AM   #9
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Forgive my ignorance, but is this an upgrade of an existing station, or a new giant terminus for Berlin?

It looks like a fantastic design either way!
Well, I wouldn't call it an upgarde because the whole station is new. On the same place there was the old mainstation.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 09:23 AM   #10
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Actually part of the station has already been open for a year, all the S-Bahn trains between Ost-Bhf. and Zoo stop here. Kind of pointless since there is nothing out there. And like the rest of new Berlin, this thing somehow leaves me cold. Maybe the sheer money spent makes it cold...

Anyway, here are some pics I took last August.







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Old July 31st, 2005, 01:27 PM   #11
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Really fascinating project, I really must visit Berlin someday soon.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 01:36 PM   #12
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Year, I stopped on an S-bahn there a year ago, to visit the Bundestag. It does seem odd, as there isn't much there, and a couple of the reasons it feels somewhat cold, is that it is such a big structurestation, but very few passengers use it so far.

It is also devoid of shops still. I don't know if they plans shops here, and a large shopping arcade would be perfect once it is fully operational. However, I suspect from my experience with many German developments that they will omit such things.

Hopefully I am wrong.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:16 PM   #13
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Well, I wouldn't call it an upgarde because the whole station is new. On the same place there was the old mainstation.

Its a totally new station.There was a big trainstation in its place,but it got totally destroyed in the war.After the war only the very small historic S-Bahn station survived and was used.
The old Lehrter trainstation wasnt Berlins mainstation though.It was one of many big stations with the Anhalter trainstation being the biggest and therefore the mainstation.
Btw.the construction works are well in time and should be finished before the worldcup starts.

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Old July 31st, 2005, 09:23 PM   #14
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Wonderful station!
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Old July 31st, 2005, 10:34 PM   #15
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when we can see the underground part of the station??? when it'll be ready? does anyone know?
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Some pictures of the tilting of the first 2 towers





















Source: http://www.ekunkel.de/Fotos/BL-135/LB-135.html
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Old August 7th, 2005, 08:06 PM   #17
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when we can see the underground part of the station??? when it'll be ready? does anyone know?
It will be ready in the middle of 2006. Also the U55 wil be ready then.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 12:04 AM   #18
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oh, thanks, that's pretty soon now!!
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Old October 20th, 2005, 11:54 PM   #19
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sorry, but i just had to mention this: a.f.a.i.k. it will 'only' be the largest 'crossing railway station' (Kreuzungsbahnhof) of Europe.. which would make it somehow not comparable with 'regular train stations'.. that's at least what I found on the homepage of Die Bahn.. `.´..but still it is of course a mega-mega-station.. - ..and probably just a bit oversized..
It's just a shame that they 'cut off' about 1/4 of the roof in order to get it ready for the Football Worldcup 2006...

anyways.. - ..still a mega-mega-station..:]

And here's my cup of pix (..sorry if I post them again, I first posted them in the comon picture-forum..)


..no Glass-Wurst (Glass-Saussage) to see yet - but the river spree is already in its new bed..


..Glass-Wurst is almost ready in autumn '04..


..the two towers ("slices of toast") are slowly rising..


..entrance to the new 'Tiergarten Tunnel' is still a bit hidden underneith the train station..


..view underneith the rails..


..view from the inside to one of the growing towers..


..an ICE-Train passing by..

I again only posted a few pictures here..
..please feel free to see the rest of the 62 pictures of
berlin's new central train station 'Hauptbahnhof'
at my picture-post-homepage bilderbook.org..

..happy browsing..!

..greetz, t..
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