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Topping-out ceremony: “EDGE East Side” is Berlin’s tallest high-rise

In Berlin-Friedrichshain, the future tallest building in the german capital has reached its full height of 140 meters, and this week the topping-out ceremony was held. However, the “EDGE East Side” will only be Berlin’s tallest building for a short time, because the Estrel Tower in Neukölln, which is also under construction, will overtake the building a few months after its completion.

© Photos: Daniel Hasert
© Visualization cover: EDGE Technologies
Text: Björn Leffler

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The future anchor tenant in the “EDGE East Side” high-rise project in Berlin-Friedrichshain has already begun to build out the second floors of its future office location on Warschauer Strasse. For although the ambitious project of the company EDGE Technologies only celebrated its topping-out ceremony this week, the first three floors have already been handed over to the US company amazon.

The company will occupy a total of 28 of the 35 above-ground floors. The shell of these 35 floors is now complete, and the building has now reached its final height. While interior work is already underway on the lower floors, the upper floors are still dominated by bare concrete.

“EDGE EAST SIDE”: 140 METERS HIGH IN ONLY 20 MONTHS CONSTRUCTION TIME

Nevertheless, the progress of the project is astonishing. In just 20 months, the building has been raised to its full height, and the project is still on time and on budget – despite all the global crises and price developments. A fact of which the project developer EDGE Technologies is visibly proud.

Also present at the topping-out ceremony was the leading architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which is responsible for the architecture of the solitaire between Warschauer Strasse S-Bahn station and Ostbahnhof. The project is expected to cost around 400 million euros and will provide over 80,000 square meters of usable space in the future.

COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION SITE LOGISTICS: THE BUILDING WEIGHS OVER 100,000 TONS

Complex construction site logistics were necessary to realize the project, because there wasn’t much space for the high-rise project, which has risen to a height just a few meters next to the Warsaw Bridge. After all, the foundation has to support a weight of over 100,000 tons.

The project is then scheduled to be fully completed in the third quarter of 2023. The building will then be Berlin’s tallest skyscraper, but not for long. The Estrel Tower in Neukölln is scheduled for completion at the end of 2024. And this building is to be 176 meters high.

COMMUNITY AREAS” TO BE CREATED ON THE LOWER THREE FLOORS

Nevertheless, the “EDGE East Side” is already changing Berlin’s eastern skyline and the neighborhood around the Warschauer Brücke. In the new building, amazon plans to house primarily research and development teams that have so far been based at other locations in Berlin and Germany.

The first floor and the first and second floors will also feature “community spaces” intended for local companies, associations and institutions – at significantly lower rents, according to EDGE.

 

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