A new office and commercial building is currently being built on the corner of Kleiststrasse and Keithstrasse, which will be used primarily by the Federal Executive Committee of the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB). The DGB’s Berlin-Brandenburg regional district will also use the building in the future.
The DGB owns the land on which the project is being implemented. Until 2018, a building completed in 1964, which had also been erected by the DGB from 1961 onwards, stood on the same site as a representation for the “brave people” in West Berlin’s Front City.
THE DGB BUILDING FROM THE 1960S WAS DEMOLISHED
The union building, which was designed by Berlin architects Ortner and Ortner, cost around 80 million euros and, with up to 14 stories, is significantly higher and offers correspondingly more space than the old building, which has since been demolished.
The original construction period was planned from 2018 to 2022, but even then it was clear that the neighboring subway line (the building is not far from Wittenbergplatz and KaDeWe) could well cause problems. Then there was the Corona pandemic.
52-METER TOWER ON KLEISTSTRASSE
So whether the building can be completed in the coming year is difficult to assess at the moment. However, clear progress can be seen on the construction site.
The new building, consisting of three building sections that will be connected to each other via a multi-story foyer, fits into the urban context as a corner building.
THE ENSEMBLE CONSISTS OF THREE BUILDING PARTS
The height of the building sections on Kleiststrasse and Keithstrasse is in line with the existing buildings. The corner of the building facing the intersection will be formed by a high-rise building with a total height of 52 meters.
The new building will thus form an urban counterpoint to the other solitary buildings located there. The inner courtyard area that is being formed is to be equipped in the future with green spaces and terraces and even a water area.