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Grumpy Oct 9, 2006 9:38 AM

some pictures :

city centre

Alexa construction site

Grumpy Oct 9, 2006 9:47 AM

At the Radisson SAS hotel there is an elevator running through a vertical aquarium...

Grumpy Oct 10, 2006 5:23 AM

new pedestrian bridge across the Landwehrkanal just south of the Daimler-Benz areal on Potsdamer Platz:

Grumpy Oct 11, 2006 8:07 PM

How nice I have my own thread at SSP :)


- new rendering

detailed groundplan

map of the era in 2000

map of the future

Grumpy Oct 11, 2006 8:28 PM

to find your way around town:

Grumpy Oct 11, 2006 8:37 PM

Interested in the Berlin U-bahn ?

Everything you want to know on this site , only a few pages in english

James Bond Agent 007 Oct 12, 2006 5:26 AM


Originally Posted by Grumpy
How nice I have my own thread at SSP :)

Oh don't worry, others are watching. ;)

Grumpy Oct 12, 2006 5:43 PM

Office Space Guide

1.Spree Area Mitte

»Anchoring ground - Future« - Berlin's centre of excellence for media and entertainment is taking shape under this slogan on the river Spree between Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. City-Carrée, the German Architecture Centre (DAZ), Trias, Oberbaum-City and the Schilling bridgehead, the Postbahnhof converted into an exhibition hall and the redesign of the Ostbahnhof - the long list of completed projects is impressive evidence that the restructuring of the former derelict border area is in full swing. The music giant Universal already moved to Osthafen in 2002 and MTV followed suit in 2004. That's hardly surprising: insiders already know that this is where you'll find the trendiest dance clubs in the capital.

The conversion work is ongoing. All round the Anschütz Arena for 16,000 spectators, a quarter encompassing some 21 hectares is taking shape with restaurants, cafés, clubs, residential accommodation and offices - directly adjacent to a similar project at the Postbahnhof. Along the river Spree there is a series of projects like the Victoria storage building site, Spreeurban, Spreesinus Spreeport (with the headquarters of German trade union Ver.Di) and the Energy Forum Berlin. They are all conspicuous stand-alones which merge into a green urban landscape. This leaves space for light, air and exciting water vistas. The East Side Gallery has also been maintained but opened up over a width of 45 metres to accommodate a plaza looking onto the river Spree. Behind the Wall a waterfront park is developing contours which will be home to yet another unusual stand-alone, the Globe Theatre of the Berlin Shakespeare Company.


The main axis of the district has cast off the patina of the Wall years. On Karl-Marx-Allee Berlin has spruced up an urban development icon of the 20th century: Strausberger Platz, Cinema International, Café Moskau, the Kosmos Cinema and the Frankfurt Gate have all been given a facelift. More and more young people are moving here.

You can forgive the Allee for retaining its somewhat leisurely character. It is young enough for that - Europe's only elegant boulevard to emerge after the War. The team of architects around Hermann Henselmann designed buildings with a love of detail in the Moscow gingerbread style.

Today, the boulevard is livelier where it changes its name. On Frankfurter Allee with the Ring-Center and the Frankfurter Allee Plaza there are new meeting points not only for local residents.

Elsewhere, too, Friedrichshain is more up-to-date than ever before. In the old quarters along the Allee the district is taking over from Prenzlauer Berg as the most in district. This is where avant-garde trends are made, where trendsetters garner ideas for the aesthetics of the 21st century.

Simon-Dach-Straße has an abundance of cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs. And via Warschauer Straße the young Friedrichshain maintains a link to Mediaspree, where Universal Music and MTV have set up shop.

3.Northern Friedrichstraße

Between the Charité Hospital, the river Spree and Friedrichstraße the government quarter has just undone its top button. Political and business associations, newspaper offices and television stations are keen to be close to the government and the nearby Federal Press Office in Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stadt. For instance, Marienstraße: the grey building gully has blossomed. The alternative scene in the back courtyards has been joined by galleries, architects and the dpa company in the front. There is a similar picture on Reinhardtstraße, where the FDP party headquarters are located.

The Spree is proving a popular location for neigh-bours to get together for a chat. This is the site of the »Permanent Representative Office« of the prominent Bonn landlord, Friedel Drautzburg, in the heart of an entire pearl necklace of restaurants.

Between them established and young culture come together. Deutsches Theater meets the Palace of Tears, the Berliner Ensemble the Quatsch Comedy Club. Tacheles and Kalkscheune document the transition to the fashionable district Spandauer Vorstadt. The Metropol Theater is to reopen. This also ensures the survival of the cabaret legend Distel at its old location which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Refurbishment work on the station next door was completed above ground in 1999 and on its underground platform in 2002. Between the station and the linden trees, pedestrians inject life into the recently completed projects. New Trade and Commerce Center, Friedrich Carrée and the cultural department store Dussmann have extended the shopping precinct beyond the linden trees to the station.

4.Central Friedrichstraße

Boulevard of brands and prestigious showrooms: elegant cars, fashion labels and luxury brands turn Friedrichstraße around Galeries Lafayette and the FriedrichstadtPassagen into the catwalk of elegant society.

That's what is visible. Between, above and behind the shop windows a high calibre infrastructure of people used to success has established itself. It is not so often the focus of public attention but at least as important: European and group headquarters, capital representative offices, smart private clubs, cigar lounges, top hotels and gourmet temples like Borchardts, Vau or Trenta Sei put their stamp on baroque Friedrichstadt around the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt.

Media representatives, diplomats and politicians are an absolute must, too. The Federal Ministry of Justice has its headquarters on Mohrenstraße, the Ministry for Family Affairs on Taubenstraße. Belgium's embassy is located on Jägerstraße, one of the connections to Hausvogteiplatz which is undergoing a renaissance.

The boulevard Unter den Linden is also being given a facelift. The pavements on both sides of the elegant boulevard are being widened by almost three metres in order to accommodate the crowds of people out strolling and visitors to Berlin. The rows of trees, which have suffered the effects of city gas and thawing salt, are also being spruced up. For years strong silver linden and Kaiser's linden trees have been nurtured which will soon offer new shade amidst the hustle and bustle of the district Mitte.

5.Southern Friedrichstraße

To the south of Leipziger Straße the streams of Friedrichstraße fan out. Just behind Checkpoint Charlie, Kochstraße takes on the most important distribution function. The GSW ensemble of a green »pillbox« and the easily discernible ecological building with its distinctive red awnings has become the landmark of the street. Other new projects are now finished: the office centre Markgrafenpark and the Axel Springer Building with its shopping mall and the Ullsteinhalle which can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors.

The boom, which began on the Wall strip and came to be symbolised by new buildings at Checkpoint Charlie and Aldo Rossi's Schützen-Karree, has now spread to southern Friedrich-straße. The impetus extends as far as Askanischer Platz and politicians are also doing their bit here. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is based in the Europahaus, the Ministry of Finance on Wilhelmstraße. Between distinctive cultural buildings like the Tempodrom, Jewish Museum and the Martin Gropius building, the neighbourhood has plenty of space for every day inner city life. The area around south Friedrichstraße links Kreuzberg and the new centre, bringing together the best of both worlds.


Nights are long in Kreuzberg - not just because people are out and about until the early hours of the morning but because many of them work through the night. Against the backdrop of the Kreuzberg mixture of living and working the boundaries between private and professional life become blurred. The old production buildings are very much in demand today both as work and residential lofts.

In the 1970s the Land-owned Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft started the renovation work. Today, everyone has recognised that the old building fabric is valuable capital in any district. Industrial yards are particularly attractive to young, small and mid-sized companies. They like the high standard of living and housing: shops in the same building, cafés and leisure activities on the doorstep. From the Prinzenbad swimming pool there is direct access to the legendary underground Line 1. Multicultural influences and the in-scene do the rest and turn the district into a popular location for companies which employ young, creative people who are constantly looking for fresh ideas.

At the former border crossing point, Prinzenstraße and at the Engelbecken the neighbourhood heals the wounds of the divided city. The Schinkel riding hall has been refurbished and residential buildings and shopping malls have been added.

7.Potsdamer / Leipziger Platz

It is and remains the showcase of the new beginning after the political turnaround: Potsdamer Platz was first Europe's largest building site and then a symbol of the new centre of Berlin. For some years now, the DaimlerChrysler-Areal and Sony Center have been established features in the life of the city. It is not just the Berlinale Film Festival that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Berliners and visitors to Berlin have taken over the square - and along with it the Musical Theatre, the shops, cinemas, hotels and restaurants.

In the shadow of the new high-rise buildings the derelict plots, which had separated Potsdamer Platz up to now from the rest of the city, are also disappearing. On the Lenné triangle, the scaffold-ing at the Beisheim Center and the Ritz Carlton has been dismantled. Sun worshippers flock to the lawn of the Prachtgleis park between the Park Colonnades and the DaimlerChrysler-Areal during their break. The representative offices of several federal Länder have moved into the Ministers' Gardens.

The adjacent Leipziger Platz is also taking shape. On the southern half of the octagon the last three buildings are already stretching upwards. On its northern half the Canadian Embassy is soon to move in. As the neighbour of the Bundesrat, Leipziger Platz is shaping up nicely as an elegant variation of the busy locations on Potsdamer Platz.

8.Spree Area West

The water, which once attracted the manu-facturing industry, makes this location into an insider tip. The inner city quarters along the Spree in Moabit and Charlottenburg are increasingly coming into their own. Traces of bygone eras have been skilfully integrated into the urban landscape. The Federal Minister for Interior Affairs has taken up residence on the site of the former Bolle dairy; supermarkets and restaurants have moved into an old building of the milk supplier. Beside that an old winding tower stands resplendent in the high-tech centre Focus Teleport.

The historical oven buildings of the Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM Royal Porcelain Manufacture) have been converted into an event location of unique atmosphere. The KPM site makes up the centre of Spreestadt Charlottenburg, which is expanding daily between Spree and Landwehrkanal. Mercedes World on Salzufer and a neighbouring office tower have been finished. Next to Tiergarten station a new hotel will open soon, and right behind it, leading health care associations are about to move into their new office buildings.

Attention is increasingly focussing on the capital embodied in the numerous waterfront locations. This also applies to the Charlottenburg Spreebogen in which - around the technical production centre of the Technical University and Fraunhofer Institute - new office buildings are springing up on both sides of the Spree. Here, too, the old has not been sacrificed: In the lofts of the industrial yard Helmholtzstraße Osram once manufactured light bulbs, on Gotzkowsky bridge star architect Josef P. Kleihues successfully combined old warehouses with an ellipsoidal new building for the Spree-Forum.

9.City West

Everything points to the future. Amidst the daily hustle and bustle of thousands of people out for a stroll, the City West is giving itself a new face. Numerous new buildings are now occupied and give fresh impetus to the location.

For instance on Fasanenstraße. The Ludwig Erhard building with the Berlin Stock Exchange, the restored Delphi terraces at the Theater des Westens and the distinctive roof sail of the Kant triangle have transformed this street. Just a few metres away the Neues Kranzlereck provides the transparent backdrop for a similar new beginning on Joachimstaler Straße. Ku-Damm Karree and City Light House are now finished. Young inline skaters do the rounds on the roof of the Karstadt sports store, the former Bilka department store, which has been carefully refurbished in line with protected building provisions.

The urban heart of the region is still Breitscheidplatz with the Memorial Church. New light strips in the ground will soon bath the church in gentle light and turn night into day. All around the square projects are entering the final phase which will add further landmarks to the renowned Europa-Center: The Zoobogen ensemble with the Bikini building and Zoopalast are being converted; the car tunnel in front will soon disappear.
With the Zoo Window and another office tower, which will replace the barrier of the Schimmelpfeng Building and open up the square onto Kantstraße, stone exclamation marks of the new age are about to emerge.


None of the people strolling along Kurfürstendamm today is thinking about Bismarck. And yet it was the Iron Chancellor who laid the foundation stone for Berlin's lively boulevard. On his initiative the avenue was upgraded into a splendid boulevard in 1880.

Ku'damm acquired its legendary reputation in the 1920s. After that, its glory diminished somewhat. Today, the times are long forgotten when it was decried as a »meatball boulevard«. Despite all the predictions to the contrary, people are once again investing in Kurfürstendamm.

In any case, Berliners and visitors to Berlin never let short-sighted trend news prevent them from regularly frequenting the lifeline of the western city centre. The bourgeois residential buildings became home to a special form of the Berlin mixture of living and housing - with firms of lawyers, architects' offices and doctors' surgeries. Now, new office buildings are putting their 21st century stamp on Ku'damm.

The general public approves. Crowds of people flock to the new buildings who are out for a stroll, window-shopping or simply looking for ways to spend their money. Old-established institutions like the Kempinski have survived whilst a new generation of city dwellers now enjoy a Latte Macchiato during the office breaks. The ambience in the side streets is classy and bustling. Jil Sander moved in here at the end of the 1990s. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Hermès, Burberry, Cerutti and Gianni Versace complete the picture today. Ku'damm is back in business.

Grumpy Oct 13, 2006 8:33 PM

To open on October 27 until April 2007:
Sauna and a pool with relaxation rooms on the river Spree near the Osthafen

Grumpy Oct 14, 2006 8:29 AM

"Germania" the never built utopia from Albert Speer on a postcard:

Das "Deutsche Stadion" for ... 450.000 people

"Halle des Volkes" to be built on a location above the river Spree where nowadays the new HBF got inaugurated in may


The Halle & Bradenburger Tor on the same scale

inside the "Halle des Volkes"

the entire "Nord-Sued Achse" from the Southstation below to the Halle above:

3D rendering of the part around the "Nordbecken"

Near the Kolonnenbruecke there is a concrete cylinder to be found of 14 m above ground and 18m below to test the stability of the ground for the construction of the "Triumphbogen".It is not accesable to public.

Grumpy Oct 15, 2006 9:30 PM

new housing project : Alter Schlachthof


1. Blankensteinpark , 22 units
2. CPC , 19 units
3. Cantina , 19 units
4. Concepta , 14 units
5. nothing official yet

DTiger Oct 17, 2006 8:49 PM

A Cultural Jewel Reawakens in Berlin

By Joachim Kronsbein and Ulrike Knöfel

This week, Berlin adds a grand new highlight to its assortment of cultural attractions -- the newly renovated Bode Museum on the city's Museum Island. The opening serves as a reminder that Berlin has the potential to become Europe's cultural capital -- if it chooses to accept the challenge.

The most precious highlight of Germany's cultural history, a unique ensemble of artistic attractions, is located right in the middle of Berlin's Spree River. The Museuminsel (or Museum Island), a kind of Prussian arcadia, consists of five museums, and each of them is a temple to high culture -- a stone monument to the bourgeois utopia of a life dedicated to the cultivation of beauty, goodness and truth. Museum Island preserved the ideals of the educated bourgeoisie in the context of a warlike reality dominated by the military power of the state.

The Museum Island, where the five museums rise majestically skyward, is located in the city's historical center, but the temples of culture also stand apart as a kind of special district. The museums used to be within viewing distance of the residence of the royal Hohenzollern family. They still would be if Walter Ulbricht, the leader of the Communist Party of East Germany (SED), hadn't ordered the residence to be demolished in 1950. It was the kings of the Hohenzollern family, known for their interest in art, who ordered the splendid museums to be built.

The Museum Island has long been the most important asset of Berlin's tourism business, envied by other countries and admired by about 2 million visitors every year.

Prussia's prime exponent of neoclassical architecture, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, got things started 175 years ago by building the Altes Museum (Old Museum). Then the Neues Museum (New Museum) was built in 1855, followed by the Alte Nationalgallerie (Old National Gallery) in 1876 and the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in 1904. The Weimar Republic made a final addition in 1930, in the form of the Pergamon Museum.

The most impressive of the five treasure troves reopened on Tuesday after six years of construction work and renovation costs that totalled about €160 million ($200 million). The refurbished Bode Museum, formerly known as the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, is a kind of architectural steamboat on the northwestern bank of the island. With its reopening, visitors are finally able to admire its treasures again -- a collection of Byzantine art, sculpture, a coin cabinet and some 150 paintings owned by the German state.

The Museum Island won't be restored to its complete splendor until work on the Neues and Pergamon museums is completed. There are plans to connect the buildings with an underground promenade and to construct a new building as a reception area for the masses of visitors. The massive project is slated for completion at some point in 2014, but no one will risk predicting exactly when.

A tour boat passes under the Monbijou bridge near the Bode Museum. The bridge was reopened on Thursday after more than a year of renovations.

The Bode Museum on the Spree also makes a stately appearance at night. The museum reopens on Tuesday after five years of renovations.

A sneak peak into the Gobelin Hall. On display here are three paintings by the "great masters" of the period between the 14th and 18th centuries.

Inside the Bode Museum, visitors are greeted by statues of Frederick II of Prussia (also known as Frederick the Great) and his generals.,00.html

Grumpy Oct 18, 2006 5:30 AM

Korean Embassy & Trium building

Grumpy Oct 18, 2006 5:34 AM

a new tower (120m) near Ostbahnhof:

James Bond Agent 007 Oct 18, 2006 7:07 AM

It looks like an S! :D

Swede Oct 18, 2006 10:04 AM
Those slabs on the island are horrible (this I say without seeing a real pic:P). not because they're taller than the rest of the area (duh) but because they bring the tower-in-apark commieblock esthetic to the city. That's something I really don't like.

About the U55 - it doesn't connect to any other U lines?? Sure, there's all the connections to S-bahn and intercity trains at the Hbf, but is it going to be extended in the future?

DTiger Oct 18, 2006 1:04 PM


Originally Posted by Grumpy
a new tower (120m) near Ostbahnhof:

This was a student competition so it's no clear if the Deutsche Post will use one of these proposals

The winner: Gerardo Villar Watty from Hamburg

2nd: Matthias Henke from Leipzig

3rd: Christoph Richter and Johannes Pätzold from Dresden

Elisabeth Deutschmann and Alexander Bartscher from Aachen were prized with a special adward for their "Vertical Cloister". Very intersting!

Grumpy Oct 19, 2006 7:27 AM


Originally Posted by Swede
Those slabs on the island are horrible (this I say without seeing a real pic:P). not because they're taller than the rest of the area (duh) but because they bring the tower-in-apark commieblock esthetic to the city. That's something I really don't like.

Those 5 buildings were built as a kind of protest from the DDR boys against the Axel Springer building where on the top messages from the western world were broadcasted + they were clearly seen from former East Berlin.
Demoltion would be in order for these 5 ugly concrete buildings.


Originally Posted by Swede
About the U55 - it doesn't connect to any other U lines?? Sure, there's all the connections to S-bahn and intercity trains at the Hbf, but is it going to be extended in the future?

U55 is a part of the U5 extension from Alexanderplatz to Tegel and has no connection with other U-lines.The BVG has many plans but no money.

Grumpy Oct 19, 2006 12:57 PM

Adlershof Medien Park , located on the former Johannisthal airstrip became an interesting area for technology.
Location of the different companies who settled down there:

Grumpy Oct 21, 2006 9:46 AM

Berlin Digital Environmental Atlas

The Environmental Atlas is a presentation of work from the entire urban development administration. The approximately eighty topics and more than 400 maps are organized under the topics of soil, water, air, climate, land use, traffic, noise and energy. They focus on pollution and dangers emanating from them, as well as existing positive qualities and development potentials.

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