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The new “Tacheles” quarter becomes visible on Friedrichstraße

Last year, Friedrichstraße in Berlin-Mitte was mainly represented in the regional and national media by the pilot project car-free Friedrichstraße. However, the streetscape is currently changing not only in the car-free area of the street (between Unter den Linden and Leipziger Straße), but also at its northern end.

This is where part of the large-scale project “Am Tacheles” is growing, which is being realised according to plans by the renowned architectural firm Herzog de Meuron. The height of the building and the advanced façade design make it very clear how much the new building will change and redefine the urban space at this location.


For several years now, a completely new quarter has been taking shape on the huge construction site around the former artists’ house “Tacheles”. The Swedish photo gallery Fotografiska is to move into the modernised department stores’ ruin. Two other houses, also listed buildings, which stand directly on Friedrichstraße, will be preserved.

Around them, new construction is taking place, and on a grand scale: ten new buildings are being erected on the area between Oranienburger, Friedrich and Johannisstraße. And anyone who visits the construction site regularly quickly notices: work is being done here at high speed to complete the project.

Project progresses quickly – first façade design becomes visible

Seven residential buildings will be part of the overall project. These will be built mainly on the quieter Johannisstraße. Several office and commercial buildings will be built on Friedrichstrasse and Oranienburger Strasse.

Here the façade design will be strongly dominated by glass as a building material, which is already clearly visible. From Friedrichstrasse, a previously non-existent passageway will be created to Oranienburger Strasse, which will offer space for gastronomy, retail and a city square.

This will create 100,000 square metres of usable space in an exposed city centre location. 85,000 square metres will be newly built, 15,000 are available in the old buildings and will be modernised. 275 condominiums will be housed here, as well as offices on almost 42,000 square metres. Another 12,000 square metres are reserved for retail.



The future: this is what the design of the buildings on Friedrichstrasse will look like once construction work is complete. / © Graphic: bloomimages / Herzog de Meuron

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