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Old May 3rd, 2014, 12:39 PM   #1321
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Two of the ten 150-metre highrises envisioned for Alexanderplatz are revealed: the Hines Tower and the Alexa Buroturm. If more firm highrise proposals are revealed during the coming years, and the Park Inn Hotel ends up being demolished, then I would like to see one of the new highrises on its site be a new hotel as a replacement for the Park Inn (no residential units or mixed-use, please).

The new hotel structure can be either of the plots marked "D1" or "D2".
Is the Park Inn is bad structural shape? Does it have some serious problem with asbestos that would make renovation economically unfeasible?
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Old May 4th, 2014, 12:36 PM   #1322
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Palais Varnhagen / Französische Straße 56–60

I must say i like also the unagitated and pleasent serios Berlin style more and more. With extroverted star-architect-UFO-architecture you can so easily destroy/weaken/trivialize functioning ensembles/city contexts!
Nowadays I think other cities in the world can learn a lot from this philosophy/perception...









http://www.palais-varnhagen.de/


some can´t bear the silence in general life, but some can´t also bear the silence in architecture. Silent architecture can be very very strong....
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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #1323
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I must say i like also the unagitated and pleasent serios Berlin style more and more. With extroverted star-architect-UFO-architecture you can so easily destroy/weaken/trivialize functioning ensembles/city contexts!
Nowadays I think other cities in the world can learn a lot from this philosophy/perception...









http://www.palais-varnhagen.de/


some can´t bear the silence in general life, but some can´t also bear the silence in architecture. Silent architecture can be very very strong....
I absolutely love the New Berlin style, since I love Art Deco and Streamline Modern, but that one is too plain. Minimalist Architecture can be fantastic, but the details are incredibly important, and tend to show in renders. That one is a stuccoed box that will likely not turn out well. We'll have to see in 6 months or so when it is finished, given the incredible speed of smaller German developments.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:53 AM   #1324
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Berlin's showcase boulevard Unter den Linden currently:


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U-Bahn construction, theatre and library renovations; far in the back to the left highrise project UpperWest and frankly I don't know what the others are for. In the back of the photographer there's even more of course, for e.g. the City Palace reconstruction.

So if you plan to visit Berlin soon, be prepared for a lot of stuff going on!
Does anyone have an aerial view showing the massive number of cranes across Berlin? The city might look like Dubai did in 2007, minus the uglier skyscrapers!
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Old May 14th, 2014, 10:59 AM   #1325
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Alexanderplatz VOLT Berlin FUTURE URBAN HOME of brands, lifestyle, food & leisure

J. Mayer H. has won an invited competition to design “Volt Berlin,” a new “shopping and urban experience” center near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. The winning scheme offers a variety of experiential offerings, including multi-brand shopping, an indoor skydiving and event space, and a 7,500 square meter hotel, all within a single cubed complex whose organization is based off an uneven grid.












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Old May 14th, 2014, 01:06 PM   #1326
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The colors in those renderings are just hilarious. The final result is gonna look like a plastic bunker.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 03:09 PM   #1327
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Exciting concept! As a bloke who's into extreme sports a lot, I love it.

I just root for an even more colourful facade - if you want to be ridiculous, go fully ridiculous! No gray bare concrete shite please.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 06:17 PM   #1328
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Thx Xorcist for charing here!
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Old May 14th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #1329
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Is the Park Inn is bad structural shape? Does it have some serious problem with asbestos that would make renovation economically unfeasible?
I don't think so; The Berlin city planning department thought up this masterplan in the early 1990s.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 04:41 AM   #1330
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Nice, looks like pure Sichtbeton.
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Old May 18th, 2014, 10:05 AM   #1331
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Does anyone have an aerial view showing the massive number of cranes across Berlin? The city might look like Dubai did in 2007, minus the uglier skyscrapers!
Most of you are probably too young but this is nothing compared to the construction boom Berlin experienced in the 1990s...
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Old May 19th, 2014, 01:25 PM   #1332
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Ah well, I'd say it's almost on par. Of course there isn't a Potsdamer Platz scale project currently, but the overall construction activity in Berlin is very impressive. And there's loads of stuff in the pipeline.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:18 PM   #1333
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Alternative proposal for the Volt Entertainment Center (feat. Jochen Schweizer) near Alexanderplatz shown in post #1325 (second winner, by Kadawittfeld Architektur):






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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:44 PM   #1334
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Alea 101 progress

Alea 101 | Berlin-Mitte (close to TV Tower/Fernsehturm, Alexanderplatz)

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Official website: www.alea-101.de


Project facts
  • Use: Mixed - 10.500sqm of stores and restaurants, 1.600sqm of office space,
    1.600sqm of 14 exclusive apartments on top
  • 5 floors, 30m high, next to Berlin TV Tower base
  • Developer: Redevco

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It approaches completion, facade is widely assembled:

by user theBluePhoenix, seen from Park Inn Berlin hotel tower






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Old May 23rd, 2014, 10:02 AM   #1335
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I was walking with my friend while in Berlin, and he couldn't understand why anyone would want to live in Alexanderplatz (he thinks it's noisy and obnoxious).

I'm guessing that's not a usual perception (or the city is trying to rebrand the plaza)?
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I was walking with my friend while in Berlin, and he couldn't understand why anyone would want to live in Alexanderplatz (he thinks it's noisy and obnoxious).

I'm guessing that's not a usual perception (or the city is trying to rebrand the plaza)?
Alex is showcase of communist architecture, overdimensioned and "over-planned". Big dimensions can be excilerating and have quality, but mostly when it grew organically and on demand initiatives (like Manhatten). The planned city centre aroun Alex, is cold and architecturally understimulating.

However, even may attract some people to it. Worn down, like it was after re-unification, it appeared like a failed, "post-civilization" centre attracting Berlins underground culture as scene for their creative impulses. There was a feeling of starting from scratch, that everything goes. This feeling is still there to some extent, although threatened by re-development.

Re-development at Alex is largely limited by the street layout and existing architecture from the DDR-period (much of which have gotten renovated, despite wishes of a more throrough re-development).
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 05:30 PM   #1337
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Alex is showcase of communist architecture, overdimensioned and "over-planned". Big dimensions can be excilerating and have quality, but mostly when it grew organically and on demand initiatives (like Manhatten). The planned city centre aroun Alex, is cold and architecturally understimulating.

However, even may attract some people to it. Worn down, like it was after re-unification, it appeared like a failed, "post-civilization" centre attracting Berlins underground culture as scene for their creative impulses. There was a feeling of starting from scratch, that everything goes. This feeling is still there to some extent, although threatened by re-development.

Re-development at Alex is largely limited by the street layout and existing architecture from the DDR-period (much of which have gotten renovated, despite wishes of a more throrough re-development).
I guess, from what I gather, it would be like trying to get people to want to live in Times Square...Busy, loud, and nothing locals seem to find attractive.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 05:35 PM   #1338
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I'd say Alex is vastly different from Times Square. If any, the Breitscheidplatz feels sort of similar, though not quite as hostile.

Many people moving to Berlin prefer to live close to the bustling areas. Living right at its pumping eastern heart must be heaven then.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 07:03 PM   #1339
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I was wondering... what if they build a new observation tower in Tempelhof, like 500m high? Unlikely and expensive, but it would be awesome. It would then form a triangle with 2 other high towers in Berlin
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Old May 25th, 2014, 10:53 AM   #1340
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^ Well, we'll get The Berg anyway, no observation tower needed at Tempelhof.


http://www.the-berg.de/

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