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DTiger Jan 6, 2006 5:09 PM

The Demolition of the former East German parliament building Palast der Republik should start in 2 weeks.

Grumpy Jan 6, 2006 7:56 PM

The keyhole shaped gap on the Pariser Platz side looks very special.
On the Behrenstraße-side there is the round shape that attracks alot of attention, looks like a window to the city or is it an observation deck?
On the roof what is that with those green layers?

About the re-building of the BLN schloss , I have mixed feelings.
Its like bringing something back from the past which is in my opinion kind of not-from-this-age.
I agree with "Jai-C" about his statement of the Palast-der-Republik but what is the general opinion about a building like the Fernsehturm who is a very communist landmark aswell...why not tare it down aswell and rebuilt a more modern copy on a far better location ?

Where is the rubbish of the demolition going to go on those boats (cause I cannot read the text on the picture , not clear enough to see)?

Grumpy Jan 6, 2006 8:41 PM

How is the actual situation here ?

Grumpy Jan 6, 2006 9:33 PM

Found this project , who can tell me more about all of this please?

DTiger Jan 7, 2006 1:35 AM

^^ This is the so called Mediaspree area
The new media and services district is emerging right on the River Spree, in the center of Berlin. It offers a multifaceted, appealing mix of excellently renovated listed buildings and modern functional architecture. A location for the future, bestowing a new image on the city of Berlin.

Internationally renowned architects ensure for the individual character of the various buildings and create an ensemble of quality : Becker, Gewers, Kühn & Kühn; BRT Bothe Richter Teherani; gmp – Architekten von Gerkan, Marg, Partner; Hemprich & Tophoff Architekten; Kny & Weber; Müller Reimann Architekten; Nalbach & Nalbach; Prof. Kollhoff; Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architekten; Volker Staab Architekten; WSSA Wörle, Siebig, Strauch Architekten, Spangenberg Architekten.

The motto is living and working on the River Spree: in addition to areas for media and services, there will be a wide variety of leisure and catering outlets and apartments. The new urban district therefore ensures for an attractive address with international flair.

You can watch a video about it here:

DTiger Jan 7, 2006 1:45 AM

At the Main Station they have started with the glass facade

Future rendering of this area

James Bond Agent 007 Jan 7, 2006 6:54 AM

Wow, those cancelled towers make me so :(

Grumpy Jan 7, 2006 9:49 AM

Gleisdreieck area development:

aerial impression:

location in the city:

Grumpy Jan 7, 2006 9:30 PM

New 3D with the Berliner Schloss on it:

Normally the proposed U5 line from Alexanderplatz to the new Lehrter Bahnhof is going underneath the building, is that still on this extension of the U5 line?


Another new 3D of the Lehrter Bahnhof area:

What is that odd shaped structure to be built around the Humboldthafenbecken ?


New 3D of the Oberspree re-development

Seems like Mediaspree and Oberspree mean the same thing...

Grumpy Jan 7, 2006 9:33 PM

Molkenmarkt/Klosterviertel impression

James Bond Agent 007 Jan 8, 2006 12:39 AM

Wow, cool 3D diagrams!

Grumpy Jan 11, 2006 9:48 PM

Development of Berlin's Waterfront Locations
The Diversity of Waterfront Areas - "Blue Assets" for Urban Development

Demarcation of the primary development area

Berlin differs from other cities on the water in the diversity of its waterfront areas. In contrast to simple port cities, for instance, whose task for the future is the conversion of terminal and dock areas, Berlin also has river and canal segments in both urban and natural settings, as well as a superb, unparalleled variety of lakes.

As "blue assets", the rivers, harbours, canals, and lakes of the Berlin-Brandenburg region represent a significant attraction for those seeking the right location.

Although Berlin's prospects for development are fairly good, only a limited amount of land can be absorbed by the market. It is therefore necessary that current development projects be adapted to meet demand and that the choice of new areas for development be done in a transparent manner.

At the beginning the study on the "Development of Berlin's Waterfront Locations" included all of the land along navigable rivers and canals comprising 21 potential restructuring areas.

The next step involved identifying the study's primary focus, which consists of the Spree River with its lateral canals (17 areas). The individual locations were then evaluated with respect to use and significance, and strategies and measures were proposed on the basis of this evaluation.

The evaluation resulted in identifying four priority restructuring areas

1.Berlin-Spandauer Schiffahrtskanal (Shipping Canal) / Nordhafen Harbour:

2.The Banks of the Spree in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

View of the multifunctional hall (Berlin-Arena)


4.The Mouth of the Spree with the Sophienwerder Peninsula

more information about this project contact this adress:

Grumpy Jan 16, 2006 11:54 PM

Detailed plan of the Lehrter Bahnhof area

Grumpy Jan 21, 2006 9:53 PM

Berliner density in the city bewteen 1940 and 2010 : click on the black map

DTiger Jan 23, 2006 8:48 PM

The New shopping center "Das Schloss Steglitz" is nearly completed. It will open in a few weeks!


Before the construction start in 2003:

Today's webcam shot

part of the new building

Jonovision Jan 24, 2006 3:42 AM

WOW, really impressive. Berlin is really good at intigrating the old and the new.

DTiger Jan 30, 2006 10:43 PM

Design for Holocaust memorial to gay victims approved
A jury has chosen a design for a memorial in Berlin to gays and lesbians persecuted and killed under the Nazis. The memorial, whose construction was approved by the German parliament in December 2003, will stand on the edge of the capital's Tiergarten Park, opposite the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
The design, by Danish-born Michael Elmgreen and Norwegian native Ingar Dragset, is shaped as a gray concrete slab with a window, allowing visitors to view a permanent film projection of 2 kissing men.
The new memorial's design was picked Wednesday from 17 proposed models, and the federal government has pledged up to $610,000 to fund construction.

Grumpy Feb 2, 2006 3:26 PM

Why not use 2 different statues with 2 males and 2 females instead this horrible grey thing?

What about that ferrys wheel that was planned , is it a go or on hold/cancelled?

and what about those enormous plans for the BBI Airport ??

DTiger Feb 3, 2006 12:18 AM

I'm neither happy nor unhappy with the designe! It's alright
statues would be too kitschy imo nevertheless I would like to see the other 16 proposed models.

I'm quiet optimistic that the BBI constructions will start this year.

According to urban development minister Ingeborg Junge-Reyer the ferry wheel will be build near the zoo (Breitscheidplatz). It will be up to 175m high (Costs 60 million Euro)

The Great Scaper Feb 4, 2006 10:51 AM

Wow what cool stuff!!!! Amazing! Regarding the Zoo, hopefully the lions don't escape!!! --BB--

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