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Old Posted Mar 3, 2006, 5:19 PM
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The KPM-Quarter

An example of Prussian handicraft tradition is to be found in the direct vicinity of the Charlottenburg banks of the river Spree. Since 1870 high-grade porcelain has been produced in the Königliche Porzellanmanufaktur.

The historic manufacturing plant will be the heart of a new urban quarter on the western edge of the Tiergarten.

Between Ernst-Reuter-Platz and the Victory Column in the western inner city, an ensemble of residential and office buildings is being erected around the Königliche Porzellanmanufaktur refurbished by the Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft.

The new buildings are being constructed by Bavaria Objekt- und Baubetreuung GmbH. The first-class hotel, with around 284 rooms on Straße des 17. Juni, will be visible from afar. One of the three office buildings is to become the "Verbändehaus Spreestadt" (centre for associations) for the Federal Association of Panel Doctors, the Federal Chamber of Physicians and the German Hospital Society.

The quarter will also have a boarding house and three residential buildings close to the river Spree. Altogether, the KPM quarter has approximately 85,000 sq.m. gross floor area, of which 42,000 sq.m. are office space.

A "Theme World of Porcelain" is being created in the historical manufacturing plant with a cultural programme and museum shop. The link between local tradition and modern services is sure to turn the project into a local attraction for visitors to Berlin.

Bavaria Objekt- und Baubetreuung GmbH
Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH
Königliche Porzellanmanufaktur
Aukett & Heese, Berlin
Braun & Voigt, Frankfurt a. Main
Glass & Bender, Berlin
Heinle, Wischer und Partner, Berlin
Ortner & Ortner, Berlin
v. Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp), Berlin

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