On this page you will find a consolidated overview of the latest Berlin construction and planning projects that we cover in detail. In addition, you will find further projects, which are presented in a short description.
Emmi Luebeskind: YOUTH AID HOUSE IN LITTENSTRASSE REACHES FULL BUILDING HEIGHT
The youth welfare house of the “Emmi Luebeskind” Foundation is being built in Berlin’s historic centre and picks up on the surroundings architecturally. However, the project is viewed critically by the State Office for the Protection of Monuments.
TWO NEW BUILDINGS FOR THE TU BERLIN ARE BEING BUILT ON FASANENSTRASSE
Two new buildings for the Technical University of Berlin are currently being constructed on Fasanenstraße in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district.
RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BAUAKADEMIE: MODERN OR HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION?
The Bauakademie by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel is to be rebuilt in Berlin’s Mitte district. However, the future use and form of the building are still completely open.
THE “GLOBAL VILLAGE BERLIN” HAS BEEN CREATED IN ROLLBERGKIEZ
In the heart of Neukölln, a very special building project was completed and handed over to the future users at the beginning of June. The so-called “One World Centre” of the Berlin Global Village gGmbH will be located in a former administrative building of the Kindl brewery and a new building next to it.
SENATE CONSIDERS CAPPING THE URBAN MOTORWAY
The future handling of the city motorway remains a much-discussed topic, be it the ongoing speculation and demonstrations surrounding a possible further construction of the A100, the reconstruction of the Funkturm triangle or a possible roofing over of the motorway with solar roofs. A completely different form of roofing is a possible “capping” of sections of Berlin’s urban motorway, which is currently being examined for a section – between Kaiserdamm and Knobelsdorffstraße in Charlottenburg. The construction project would cost around 270 million euros. This is the result of a report by the German trunk road planning company Deges commissioned by the Senate. Added to this would be maintenance costs estimated at about 200 million euros for the next 70 years. If the railway line running between the motorway lanes were not covered, the construction costs would be halved. A real projection for the remaining sections of the urban motorway is not yet possible on this basis. The project, which has already been implemented in parts in Hamburg, is to be analysed further.
Hufelandstrasse to be car-free from 2022
The district of Pankow is considering the reconstruction of Hufelandstraße after repeated conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists on the pavements. Today’s Hufelandstraße is reserved exclusively for car drivers, at least as far as marked lanes are concerned. This is to change in the future, as the district is currently investigating three possible reconstruction scenarios. The goal is to turn the street into a complete bicycle lane by 2022. Option number one is to asphalt the lane while retaining the cobblestones at the parking bays for stationary cars. Option two is to fill in the joints of the pavement of the driving lane, option three would be to smooth the pavement on the driving lane. Hufelandstraße is not the only bicycle lane project in the district of Pankow. A total of 20 new bicycle lanes are to be built by 2023. In the Bötzow district alone, Dunckerstraße, Senefelderstraße and Oderberger Straße are to be converted as early as next year, in addition to Hufelandstraße, where the potential for conflict is apparently greatest.
ROUTE FOR S21 EXTENSION IS FOUND – AND CAUSES TROUBLE
The continuation of the S21 line in a southerly direction from the main railway station to Potsdamer Platz has been the subject of intense debate between the Bundestag administration and Deutsche Bahn in recent years, as the Bundestag administration feared damage to the Reichstag building due to the necessary tunnel that would have to be dug under the government quarter. Therefore, 30 variants have been examined in the meantime. The line is to become the new north-south axis for the S-Bahn, passing under the parliamentary and government quarter at a depth of up to 20 metres and passing over the main railway station. According to current plans, the 21 between the north of Berlin and the main station is to be put into operation in December 2022. Construction of the tunnel tube under the government quarter is to start in 2026. The problem with the variant now selected is that it would affect the existing memorial to the Sinti and Roma murdered under National Socialism and construction measures would also be necessary on the site of the memorial. This angers large parts of the Sinti and Roma community in Germany. After an initial on-site visit, it has become clear that there is a need for further discussion.
NEW CONSTRUCTION OF THE MARZAHN JUNCTION STARTS IN 2022
Three road bridges and the associated ramps and connecting carriageways as well as the repair of the pedestrian tunnel are included in the new construction of the so-called “Marzahner Knoten”, the reconstruction of which is to start next year and last until at least 2029. This means that residents and road users will be faced with a construction project that will last almost a whole decade. The construction work is necessary because of the partly very bad condition of the bridge structures and the lanes. Landsberger Allee, Märkische Allee as well as the long-distance and suburban railway tracks of Deutsche Bahn meet at this neuralgic traffic point, which does not make it easy for the project planners. At the Landsberger Allee overpass over Märkische Allee, pedestrian and bicycle traffic is to be guided along Märkische Allee without crossings in the future. The planners achieve this by building ramp underpasses at all four ramps. They are intended to transport pedestrians and cyclists safely across the entire intersection area.
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS: PROJECT “Q218” CREATES LIVING SPACE AT THE LICHTENBERGER BRIDGE
Not far from Lichtenberg station, directly on the busy Lichtenberger Brücke, the state-owned housing company HOWOGE is building a residential tower. The project is called “Q218”, based on the directly neighbouring student residence “Q216”. 394 rental flats will be built in the 64-metre-high building. The flats will have one to four rooms, with the focus, according to HOWOGE, on small flats in response to the high demand. Around 50 percent of the flats will be offered as subsidised housing at entry-level rents starting at EUR 6.50 per square metre. A total of 22,000 square metres of living space will be built on the 4,600 square metre plot. In addition, 2,800 square metres are planned for commercial space. The building is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
NEW HEART CENTRE IS BEING BUILT ON THE CHARITÉ CAMPUS VIRCHOW-KLINIKUM
The Berlin Senate, the Charité and the German Heart Centre signed the agreement on Monday to establish a joint German Heart Centre at the Charité. The new heart centre will have a new building at the Charité’s Virchow-Klinikum campus in the Wedding district. The building is to comprise around 28,000 square metres of floor space and be completed by 2028. 387 million euros will be invested in the project. The state is providing 287 million euros for it, the federal government is contributing 100 million euros. The merger of cardiac medicine and consolidation at a central location in Berlin had been planned for years, but first it had to be clarified in which legal form the new institute would be built.
AN OUTPATIENT AND INNOVATION CENTRE IS BEING BUILT AT THE CHARITÉ-CAMPUS MITTE.
SPACE SHORTAGE IN THE BUNDESTAG: NEW OFFICES TO BE BUILT IN MODULAR TIMBER CONSTRUCTION
At the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders Haus in Berlin’s government district, a total of 400 Bundestag offices will be built in modular timber construction by September 2021. The project is considered an interim solution for the next 15 years.
CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER: THE FUTURE OF THE OLYMPIAPARK WILL BE DISCUSSED
In October 2021, the future of the Olympic Park in Charlottenburg will be discussed at a conference. A new Hertha stadium, a possible Olympic bid for 2036 or the opening of the area to the public are just some of the many open topics.
“ALEXANDER TOWER” ON ALEXANDERPLATZ: CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN AT THE END OF 2021
At Alexanderplatz, the construction of the “Alexander Tower” at “Alexa” will begin at the end of 2021. The other high-rise projects on the square are also progressing rapidly: Covivio and Signa are building more high-rises. Only the implementation of the Hines project still seems uncertain.
CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIAL HOUSING PLANNED AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM
In the immediate vicinity of the Humboldt Forum, the Berlin Senate is planning to build a residential quarter with social and low-cost housing. Nevertheless, the new quarter is to be attractively designed. The Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Mitte (WBM) is responsible for the project.
AMAZEMENT IN THE SCHLÜTERHOF: THE HUMBOLDT FORUM OPENS ITS INDOOR AREAS
Two of the three inner courtyards at the Humboldt Forum were opened yesterday without much of an accompanying programme or press hype. We have already had a look around.
THE NEW “AM TACHELES” QUARTER BECOMES VISIBLE ON FRIEDRICHSTRASSE
Part of the large-scale project “Am Tacheles” is being built on the northern Friedrichstraße. The new quarter will completely redefine the urban space.
MODERN USE IN A HISTORIC AMBIENCE: THE “BRICKS” IN SCHÖNEBERG
In Schöneberg, “Bricks” is a remarkable mixed-use quarter of historic and newly constructed buildings that skilfully combines living, working, leisure and retail at a high architectural level. We took a look at the ensemble.
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTRE IN BERLIN’S HISTORIC CENTRE
The new building of the Archaeological Centre has been under construction at Petriplatz in Berlin-Mitte since 2019. It is intended to bring Berlin’s history to life. According to the plans of the Berlin Senate, the future institution will be the starting point for an archaeological promenade through the old, historic centre. Stations that visitors can walk through and experience include St. Mary’s Church and the new palace building.
Fewer cars, more green: Potsdamer Platz is being redesigned
In addition to the Potsdamer Platz Arcades, the outer areas of the quarter are now to be completely redesigned: Car traffic is to be removed from the former Daimler Quarter, and it is also to become significantly greener. 200 million euros are being invested in the conversion.
Workshop on the Future of the Olympic Park by the Landessportbund Berlin
The Berlin Olympic site is many things – a monument and testimony to the Olympic idea, a centre for popular and professional sport, home to Hertha BSC, a place for cultural events and green space, a legacy of National Socialism and one of the most important sports facilities of the 20th century. However, there has been disagreement in Berlin for many years about how the site should be developed. This applies not only to Hertha BSC’s plans to build a football stadium on the site.
Dealing with the complex site presents challenges and opportunities in equal measure. Experts from the fields of monument preservation, architecture, research, politics, sports and administration will talk about the development and utilisation perspectives of this challenging heritage at a digital workshop organised by the Landessportbund entitled “Das Olympiagelände Berlin – Erbe, Nutzung, Vermittlung” (8 June, 10:00-17:00). What are the values of this monument? What goals and formats can be used to convey them? And what perspectives does the site open up? Participation in the workshop is free of charge and possible for everyone without pre-registration.
Luxury flats to be built in the church tower at Mirbachplatz
Flats will now be built on the 65-metre-high church tower on Mirbachplatz in Weißensee, as the Pankow district authority did not use its right of first refusal. Until the Second World War, the Bethanien Church stood on Mirbachplatz, but it was badly destroyed in the hail of bombs during the war. Only the tower remained standing, but it has been unused ever since. Three flats are now to be built in the listed building. Another 14 flats with underground parking in place of the destroyed nave will complete the planned ensemble. Since Mirbachplatz is located in the future Langhansstraße redevelopment area, the district had a right of first refusal on the property. However, the three-month deadline for exercising this right was not met, as no office had expressed a demand. The excavation work is therefore to begin this year, with completion planned by 2023.
Extension of Jungfernheide station planned
The reactivation of the historic Siemensbahn planned by the Berlin Senate will ensure that the Jungfernheide S-Bahn, U-Bahn and regional station undergoes fundamental changes. On Max-Dohrn-Straße, on the north side of the station, the Senate Chancellery wants to build a third platform in the coming years. This is to cope with the expected higher passenger volume after the renovation of the Siemensbahn. The Senate intends to extend the Siemensbahn beyond the planned “Siemensstadt 2.0” to Hakenfelde. So because of the extended connection, more travellers will be at the station in the future than before. Construction of the platform is scheduled to start in 2022. However, the construction work could cause some infrastructural problems. At Max-Dohrn-Straße, the M10 tram line extended from Turmstraße is also to get a new terminus. The expansion of the station will therefore come at the expense of about 50 parking spaces between Max-Dohrn-Straße and the station building.
THE NEW BUILDING OF THE DGB IS BEING BUILT ON KLEISTSTRASSE
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.
1,000 NEW, STATE-owned rental apartments completed
As the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing announced at the beginning of the week, two major housing projects funded by the state of Berlin have been completed in Lichtenberg. This means that a total of around 1,000 new affordable rental apartments have been created, which should provide some relief in the tight housing market. The housing companies HOWOGE and GEWOBAG are responsible for the projects.
Vision for the ICC: A centre for e-mobility in Berlin’s City West
The architectural firm Graft and the company Trockland have developed a future concept for the unused ICC in Charlottenburg: The building is to become an innovative mobility hub, the “M.ICC”.
Project “Überlin”: Patience is needed for the reconstruction of the Steglitz roundabout
In the “Überlin” project in Steglitz, 330 condominiums are being built in the former “Steglitzer Kreisel” office and administration building. However, the project is delayed by two years.
The Bauhaus Museum and Archive is being renovated and extended
The Bauhaus Archive and Museum of Design is currently being renovated in accordance with the preservation order and extended by a new museum building. While the existing building is intended for the archive in the future, the extension will serve as museum space.
Senate plans 700 flats on the former radio factory in Köpenick
On the former Funkwerk Köpenick, 700 flats, day-care and primary school places as well as a public riverside path along the Dahme are to be built. The red-red-green senate decided at a meeting on 18 May to submit the corresponding development plan to the Berlin House of Representatives for approval.
Everything back to square one: Planning at the Jahnsportpark starts anew
The planning process for the demolition and new construction of the stadium in the Jahnsportpark in the Pankow district of Prenzlauer Berg is being completely revisited. Three possible scenarios are being examined. One of the scenarios envisages two stadiums standing next to each other in the future.
Conversion of the former Kaufhof at Ostbahnhof completed
The Kaufhof building at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof station, which opened in 1979, has been converted into a modern office building over the past four years. The result is a spectacular urban structure. The renovation of the historic Julius Pintsch building is also progressing.
“Motorworld”: a large event and commercial area is being built at the Citadel
A hotel, event and business park is being built in Spandau by 2023. The focus of the project is, quite nostalgically, a passion for cars.
Completion after 70 years: “TRION” completes Leipziger Platz
The historic city figure of the octagon at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin will be complete again for the first time in over 70 years in the summer of 2021, albeit in a modern implementation. This will be made possible by the completion of the last section in the Potsdamer Platz/Leipziger Platz area: the “TRION” office and commercial building developed by AGIB Real Estate Group is nearing completion.
Flats for 10,000 people planned on the island of Gartenfeld
On the western edge of Berlin in the district of Spandau, an entire island, the Gartenfeld, will be redeveloped from 2022. 10,000 flats are to be built here.
District versus Senate: Dispute over high-rise plans in City West
Are the high-rises on Kurfürstendamm coming or not? In the dispute over the design of City West, the fronts are hardening. The district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and the Senate Department for Urban Development are irreconcilably opposed. This harbours some conflicts, also Berlin-wide.
Reinvention: The “Wriezener Karree” is being built at the Ostbahnhof station
A new office, commercial and leisure quarter will be built on the site of the former Wriezen railway station in the coming years. It is to be the prelude to a reorientation of the entire district.
Berlin’s new urban quarters are increasingly planned to be car-free
While the traffic turnaround is still being intensively discussed in Berlin, facts have long been created in the planning of future neighbourhoods and traffic routes. We provide an overview of how the mobility of tomorrow is already being planned today. The car plays a rather subordinate role in this.
“My Bay” and more: Numerous construction projects in Rummelsburg Bay
Rummelsburger Bucht is one of the most popular residential areas in the eastern inner city of Berlin. The “My Bay” housing project will add more flats from 2022. It is one of numerous construction projects in this urban area.
Open-air exhibition: Plans for the Exile Museum are presented
From June 2021, the Exilmuseum will present the current plans for the future museum building at its future location at Anhalter Bahnhof in Kreuzberg. The pandemic-suitable open-air exhibition will be shown in former living containers for refugees, which were redesigned and built by TU Berlin architecture students themselves. As part of the cooperatively developed exhibition, the TU will also present its research on the lives of refugees in housing containers. A wide variety of events and workshops are planned as part of the open-air exhibition, where the neighbourhood and interested parties can formulate their questions and wishes for the Exilmuseum. The project is funded by the Federal Agency for Political Education.
Expansion of the S-Bahn network planned
More S-Bahn trains and more frequent service: In Berlin’s urban area and also in the outskirts of Brandenburg, the S-Bahn is to provide greater availability in the coming years. For example, the 10-minute interval is to be introduced outside the S-Bahn ring and on the lines belonging to Brandenburg. These changes will of course require extensive adjustments to the rail network. In the coming years, a total of 35 infrastructure projects are therefore planned in connection with the Berlin S-Bahn. For the further planning of the first ten of these, a financing agreement was concluded between Deutsche Bahn and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg at the end of February: 30 million euros will be provided by the states for the necessary adjustments. Among other things, the extension of already existing lines (S75 beyond Wartenberg) or the construction of new stations (such as possible stations at Karower Kreuz and Bucher Straße in Pankow) are being investigated as part of this initiative.
Senate achieves extension of mileu protection
A total of 4,121 flats were secured in mileu protection areas within the Berlin urban area in the past year 2020. This means a doubling of the number of flats compared to the previous year 2019. The Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing informed about this last week. Sebastian Scheel, Senator for Urban Development and Housing, commented as follows: “In the course of this legislature, we have significantly increased the number of milieu protection areas from 34 to currently 65. This means that more than one million people in Berlin are better protected against displacement. Berlin has demonstrated its ability to act through the consistent exercise of pre-emptive rights, but our main goal remains the conclusion of a tough averting agreement.”
Vision: this is what the new Bötzow Campus on Prenzlauer Allee will look like
We present selected visualisations of the future Medical Campus on the site of the former “Bötzow” Brewery in Prenzlauer Berg.
Adlershof as a role model: a huge industrial estate is to be built in Pankow
In the north of Berlin, in the Pankow district of Französisch Buchholz, a large commercial area is to be built. Marketing is scheduled to start in 2026. The project development is being handled by a company that has already been very successful in Adlershof.
A medical campus is being built on the site of the former Bötzow brewery
On the area of the former Bötzow brewery on Prenzlauer Allee in the Pankow district of Prenzlauer Berg, a medical campus is being built by 2022, which will be used primarily by the prosthesis manufacturer Ottobock. In addition to office and therapy space as well as state-of-the-art production areas, the future campus will have many public areas such as cafés, restaurants and freely accessible city squares.
District receives German Cycling Award for creation of pop-up cycle paths
The pop-up cycle paths in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg have been awarded the German Bicycle Prize 2021 (“der deutsche Fahrradpreis 2021”). The cycle path project, which was implemented in the course of the Corona pandemic, took first place in the category “Infrastructure”. Particular mention was made of the rapid implementation of the project and the successful cooperation between different administrative levels at district and state level. But that’s not all: the temporary cycle path along the Landwehr Canal, which was built in March 2020 as one of the first pop-up cycle paths in the capital and is over three kilometres long, is now to be converted for permanent use following a decision by the district. The German Cycling Award is a nationwide competition that has been honouring the most innovative measures to promote cycling every year since 2000. The initiators are the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Working Group of Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly Cities, Municipalities and Districts in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Gewobag builds 317 new flats in Rhinstrasse
317 flats are being built by the state-owned housing company GEWOBAG as an addition to an existing apartment building. The developer of the project is BBH Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG. The flats are being built in an eight-storey building directly next to the Herzberge Landscape Park. The new building complements the existing buildings on site and develops them into a residential complex that is closed on all sides. This will create a quiet courtyard with a high quality of life in the inner area. Urban Development Senator Scheel commented on the project as follows: “With the completion of its existing buildings on Rhinstraße, Gewobag is making another important contribution to the housing offensive of the state of Berlin. In total, this will create 317 new municipal flats.” Compared to the rest of Berlin, Lichtenberg is one of the districts with the strongest construction activity in the housing sector.
150 flats are being built on Treseburger Straße
The demolition of a supermarket building is scheduled for the planned construction of 150 flats in Charlottenburg’s Treseburger Straße. Both the discounter “Aldi” and the pet supply store “Fressnapf” will have to make way for the apartment complex. Construction of the flats is scheduled to begin in 2022. The developer is Mibegh Development GmbH, which would like to build even more than the 150 apartments currently approved. The company is currently negotiating this with the district authorities. A total of 30 per cent of the flats are to be rented out as social housing at a low price. In addition to underground garages, smaller commercial spaces are also planned for the ground floor of the new building. “Aldi” and “Fressnapf” will not move in here again, however, because the spaces are too small.
The “Pandion Midtown” residential project is being built at the Vivantes Clinic
Pandion AG is developing the “Pandion Midtown” residential project on the site of the former Bohemian Brewery in Friedrichshain. 430 flats are being built on historic building land.
Construction progress on the “Schreibfederhöfe” project
Since the beginning of 2020, the “Schreibfederhöfe” project has been growing upwards on a plot of land between Boxhagener Straße and Weserstraße. An ensemble of buildings is being constructed that will contain rental and owner-occupied flats as well as office and commercial space. The project has now reached its full spatial extent. The entire project is divided into three parts: Along Boxhagener Straße, a rental apartment building is being constructed with commercial use on the ground floor. Retail space will be created here. The middle component of the project is the historic pen factory, which gave the project its name. New offices and further commercial space will be created here. This part of the building will have a currently missing attic floor and an extension that will restore the former shape of the building. Condominiums will be built on the site, which is adjacent to Weserstraße. The project is scheduled for completion by 2022.
Berlin-Köpenick regional station to be ready in 2027
A planned project that has been announced and then postponed again and again for decades is now finally to be implemented: The construction of a regional platform at the Köpenick S-Bahn station. The Köpenick regional station is part of the railway’s major project, estimated at 724 million euros, to extend the line from Berlin to the Polish border near Frankfurt/Oder. In future, regional trains will stop next to the S-Bahn platform in Köpenick, whose location will remain unchanged. A platform for the trains will be built between the continuous main tracks. It will be 220 metres long and covered over a length of 40 metres. Two staircases and a lift will lead up from the station’s reception building to the regional train platform. To the east, a new passenger subway with stairs to the suburban and regional platforms will be built. Construction work is scheduled to begin in March 2023.
howoge residential tower at the ring centre is about to be completed
The so-called “gateway to Lichtenberg” of the state-owned housing company HOWOGE is nearing structural completion. Final work is currently underway on the exterior of the future residential, administrative and commercial property. A total of 251 rental flats have been created in the building, which can now be occupied as planned from spring 2021. All units are equipped with balconies or terraces. They meet the most modern standards and are equipped with underfloor heating, high-speed internet and barrier-free showers. In addition, some flats have been designed to be completely barrier-free and are thus also well suited for people with physical impairments.
The “Magazin 17” joint building project is being constructed in Magazinstrasse
In Magazinstraße in Berlin Mitte, the project developer SmartHoming is realising a multi-family building made of lightweight concrete with 12 condominiums together with the office Zanderroth Architekten. The majority of the flats will have a clear floor plan with four rooms and two bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, upscale furnishings with underfloor heating in all rooms and barrier-free access to the lift are standard features in all residential units. Storage rooms, car and bicycle parking spaces will be provided in the basement.
“Voltair” and “Grandaire”: Residential and office space being built at Alexa
Two projects are being developed between Jannowitzbrücke and Alexanderplatz, creating residential and office space: “Grandaire Berlin” and “Voltair Berlin”.
Civil engineering starts for the Covivio high-rise at Alexanderplatz
The building permit for the 130-metre-high skyscraper at Alexanderplatz with its distinctive twin towers planned by the Covivio company has now been granted. The civil engineering work for the 530 million euro project is starting.
Museum der Moderne: New major construction site in the heart of Berlin
After the successful renovation of the “Neue Nationalgalerie” in the Kulturforum, construction of the next cultural temple in Tiergarten has already begun: The “Museum der Moderne” will be built by 2026.
The façade cladding of the new building at the Holocaust Memorial is already underway
The new building “Palais am Brandenburger Tor” borders directly on the Holocaust Memorial. The cladding of the facade of the much-discussed building is already underway. The building is scheduled for completion this year.
A lift tower is to be built between the Unity Monument and the Grand Staircase
On the so-called “Schlossfreiheit” in front of the Eosander Portal to the west of the palace reconstruction, there will still be some construction activity to be seen in the coming years until the final design of the area will be completed. In addition to the construction of the Unity Monument, which is already underway, the creation of an open staircase to the Spree is also planned. And between these two, planned projects, a lift shaft is now to be placed in addition, which will also allow barrier-free access to the Spree via the open staircase. The placement of the lift tower directly next to the Unity Monument is causing incomprehension among the planners of the monument, as they fear a degradation of their concept. The shaft is to be built about one metre next to the work of art, and bicycle stands are also to be installed. The Stuttgart architectural firm Milla & Partner, which is responsible for the design, fears for the effect of the monument. Regardless of this, the construction work for the Unity Monument is currently on schedule, with completion still planned for the end of 2021.
A new battery factory is to be built in the Clean Tech business Park
The CleanTech Business Park Berlin at the S-Bahn station Mehrower Alle in Marzahn is Berlin’s largest industrial area with its 90 hectares and is specially tailored to manufacturing companies from the so-called cleantech sector. A battery factory is now to be built on this site. For 39 million euros, a group of investors around the battery manufacturer BAE wants to build an innovative factory for the production of so-called CSE batteries on the site of the Business Park. Construction is scheduled to begin this year. Production is scheduled to start at the end of 2022. Potential customers for the storage units are both companies and private customers. This is because solar storage units that can absorb solar power from the roof of a house are also to be produced in Marzahn. However, the company does not see itself as a competitor to the battery factory planned in Grünheide. Around 380 jobs are to be created in the new factory.
GASAG moves into new corporate headquarters in the EUREF Campus
The entire site of today’s EUREF Campus once belonged to Gasag. Until 1946, the company produced city gas there, and until 1995 it was stored in the now listed Gasometer. In 2007, the electricity and natural gas supplier sold the property to Reinhard Müller and his Euref AG so that it could now only be a tenant itself in the buildings Müller had created. Now the move has been completed to the newly built company headquarters on the campus: The parent company Gasag AG has been housed in the new building since April with its subsidiaries BAS, Gasag Solution Plus and Geo-En Energy as well as G2 Plus, and space has been created for 720 employees*. One special feature: In the future, there will be exclusively mobile workplaces in the company, both for all employees and the board of directors. And the move, which has now been completed, is not the end of the story. In the summer, NBB Netzgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gasag, will follow as the operator of one of the largest gas distribution networks in Europe. The subsidiary will move into another new building at the southern tip of the campus.
Opening of the Museum Island underground station is postponed until autumn 2021
BVG has informed the public that the opening of the new underground station Museumsinsel, planned for the summer, will not take place until October or November of this year. The reason for the postponement is Corona-related breakdowns at the project partners and construction companies involved. BVG spokeswoman Petra Nelken emphasised that BVG definitely expects to be able to connect the station to the network in late autumn. The initially planned opening date, 10 September, was originally chosen because it was exactly 125 years ago that the construction of the elevated viaducts of today’s U1 started with the ground-breaking ceremony. Unfortunately, this has now come to nothing.
City Hall Forum competition: Going green in Berlin’s historic centre
The Berlin Senate presents 21 competition entries for the design of the Rathausforum. The open space is to be predominantly green and not built on. This is causing controversy.
Large office blocks are being built in Franklinstrasse
Two office buildings are nearing completion on Franklinstraße. There is a real building boom in the area around Charlottenburg’s Spreebogen.
Zoo and animal park: New houses for predators, rhinos and elephants
Berlin Zoo and Tierpark are by far the most visited zoo parks in Europe. Several new houses and enclosures are currently being built in both parks. The new rhino pagoda in particular has an exciting historical reference.
20,000 commuters a day: the future blankenburg railway station
In order to cope with the increasing passenger numbers in Pankow, Blankenburg station will be structurally upgraded and expanded in the coming years.
Town Hall Forum: Competition entries from the first phase are presented
The Rathausforum and Marx-Engels-Forum are to be redesigned. We had already reported on the project of the Senate Department for Urban Development on 15 January. The “Rathausforum development area” comprises the area from the bank of the Spree opposite the Humboldt Forum via the Marx-Engels Forum to the open spaces in front of the Rotes Rathaus and the fountains to the south-east of the TV Tower. In recent years, the Senate Department for Urban Development has conducted a broad-based public participation process with many workshops, discussion rounds and expert panels to develop guidelines for the design of this area. The selected works from the first phase of the competition will be exhibited at a public digital event on 22 April from 2 to 10 pm. The redesign of the open space areas is scheduled to begin in three years.
Initiative “Berlin Autofrei” collects signatures as of 25 April
Bild: Innenstadt in Brüssel
The initiative “Berlin autofrei” (Berlin car-free) is seeking a referendum to have the Berlin population vote on the creation of a car-free or heavily car-reduced Berlin city centre. The initiative envisages a rededication of public road space over an area of 88 square kilometres. The aim of the initiative is to produce significantly less car traffic within the S-Bahn ring. On 25 April, the activists will start collecting signatures. In the first stage, 20,000 supporters are needed in order to apply for a petition for a referendum.
Planning phase underway: Extension of the M10 to Jungfernheide by 2028
After the Senate announced the extension of the M10 tram line from Warschauer Straße to Hermannplatz in Neukölln only last week, the next extension of the line is already being planned – but at the other end of the line. In a first step, the tram line will be extended to Turmstraße and from there, in the second extension stage, further to Jungfernheide station, where the line will end in the future. Building permission has already been granted for the first section between the main station and Turmstraße, and construction is scheduled to begin this summer according to current plans. The current preliminary planning for the extension to Jungfernheide is also expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The design planning should then start at the beginning of 2022, with completion scheduled for 2028.
The rent cap of the Red-Red-Green Senate is unconstitutional
What many experts had seen coming was confirmed last week: On Thursday, the Federal Constitutional Court declared the so-called “rent cap” unconstitutional. For the red-red-green government in office in Berlin, this is probably the most serious defeat of its time in office so far. And not only that: now hundreds of thousands of tenants may be faced with high repayment demands from landlords. “We assume a total of around 40,000 Berliners who could potentially need financial support,” says a statement from the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing. The tenants had been asked to build up reserves for the case that has now occurred, but according to an initial survey, only about half of the affected tenants actually did so. The ruling has far-reaching consequences not only for the coalition, but also for the people of the capital.
An office and residential building is being built on Lützowufer
Directly on the picturesque Hiroshimasteg, work is currently underway on the realisation of an office and residential building on Lützowufer in Berlin-Tiergarten. It is not the only project in the neighbourhood that is driving forward the redensification of the Landwehrkanal.
Capital office of “ENGIE Deutschland” in the “Schöneberger Linse
© Graphic: ENGIE Deutschland GmbH
The “Schöneberger Linse” project is one of the most interesting development projects currently being implemented in Berlin’s southwest. Centrally located on Sachsendamm and Hedwig-Dohm-Strasse, not far from the EUREF Campus, two office buildings are currently growing upwards, which are being realised by the company LIP Ludger Inholte Projektentwicklung. The seven- and eight-storey buildings will provide space for all kinds of companies. One of these companies is “Engie Deutschland”. The company specialises in the implementation of resource-saving energy generation and advises its customers on the planning and operation of building and energy technology systems. “Engie Deutschland has already moved to the Südkreuz site in 2020 with a total of 400 colleagues.
At Sömmeringstrasse, the “Globe Berlin Theatre” gets an open air stage
An open-air theatre is to be built in Charlottenburg based on a historical model and will be the new home of the theatre company “Globe Berlin”. The company is now collecting donations for the project.
This is what the M10 routing through Görlitzer Park will look like
The extension of the M10 tram line to Neukölln will not only bring decisive changes to Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg. Falckensteinstraße will also become car-free in the course of the project.
The “QUARTIER HEIDESTRASSE” is growing in the heart of the new “EUROPACITY”
One of four large sub-projects of the growing “Europacity” at the main station is the “Quartier Heidestraße”. We took a look at the project.
Canan Bayram launches “Unsealing Xhain” project
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is the most densely populated district in Berlin and consequently has a very large number of sealed surfaces in urban areas. It has been proven that sealed surfaces heat up the environment to a particularly high degree and can therefore also be harmful to health. This circumstance is now to be combated with the project “Unsealing XHAIN”. The project is the responsibility of the party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the association Naturfreunde Berlin. The aim is to make the district greener and to redesign the sealed areas: Enlargement of tree grates, unsealing and greening of car parks, urban gardening, infiltration beds, or water-permeable pavements are just some of the ideas the initiative formulates on its website. Anyone interested in the project can find out more on our PARTICIPATION page. The Green Party politician Canan Bayram also supports the project.
Rehabilitation of the 111 motorway starts in 2024
One of the largest infrastructure projects will affect the residents of northern Berlin from 2024 and will – according to current plans – last at least seven years. Because there is still no planning approval, the timetable is subject to change. The A111 connects the Berlin city motorway with the Berlin ring road, from the Charlottenburg interchange via the former Reinickendorf Cross to the Oranienburg Cross. According to the Berlin Senate, the average traffic load on weekdays is between 51,000 and 100,000 vehicles, depending on the section. In addition to the repair and renewal of about 13 kilometres of motorway and tunnel structures, a new replacement of the Rudolf-Wissell Bridge is planned. In addition, 39 bridge and 16 tunnel and trough structures will be newly constructed. Estimated total cost of the project: 870 million euros.
Reconstruction goal: “Anhalter Bahnhof berlin” association founded
We have already reported several times in the past year about the future of the area at Anhalter Bahnhof. As things stand today, a new building on part of the former site of the station’s main hall is extremely likely: directly behind the ruined portal, the Exilmuseum is to be built in a few years according to plans by architect Dorte Mandrup. However, not if the intentions of the now founded “Anhalter Bahnhof Berlin i.G.” are anything to go by, because this association is calling for the reconstruction of Anhalter Bahnhof Berlin as an event and cultural event centre. For a few weeks now, the group has been providing information about its goals on its new, official website. The story of the terminus station, which was blown up in 1959 in the face of protests from the population, is told in a very exciting way and with impressive historical pictures.
CDU and AFD prevent the creation of safe cycle paths in the north of the district
Waidmannsluster Damm and Hermsdorfer Damm are among the busiest roads in the north of the Reinickendorf district and transport a large proportion of people living in the “Speckgürtel” to and from work in the inner city area of Berlin – and of course those who live in the outlying districts such as Tegel, Heiligensee, Frohnau or Hermsdorf. For road users on bicycles, dangerous situations often arise here, especially in heavy traffic, as cycle lanes are often simply missing or poorly constructed. Two initiatives calling for the creation of wide and safe cycle lanes on part of these roads were rejected in the district’s municipal assembly. Both initiatives were introduced by the parliamentary groups of the Left Party, the Greens, the FDP and the SPD, but were rejected by the majority of the CDU and AfD.
Extension of the M10 tram line runs through Görlitzer Park
The extension of the M10 tram line from Warschauer Straße to Hermannplatz has been discussed for many years. Now the future route has been decided. It will also run through Görlitzer Park.
Uncertain future for the listed Uferhallen
The historic Uferhallen in Berlin’s Wedding district have been used by an active artists’ scene for many years. They now fear displacement by new owners, because the area is to be developed further.
Widespread resistance to further construction of the a100 is forming
On Saturday, thousands of people protested against the planned extension of the Federal Motorway 100 with a bicycle demonstration. Citizens’ initiatives have been fighting against the extension of the A100 for over ten years.
The further construction of the A100 motorway is one of the largest and most protracted transport projects currently being implemented in the German capital – and has been the subject of controversial debate for decades.
New laboratory building for the Physikalisch-technische Bundesanstalt
The Berlin site of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt is getting two modern gate buildings on the historic campus. The first of the two buildings is scheduled for completion this year.
Construction progress on the “Eiswerk” project and in Adalbertstraße
EISWERK” project: Offices, creative spaces and flats are being built between Köpenicker Straße and the Spree river
Adalbertstraße 43: A new residential and studio building is being constructed in the immediate vicinity of the historic ice factory.
The “EISWERK” project on the site of the historic ice factory on Köpenicker Straße, for which “Trockland” and “Graft” are responsible, is clearly making progress. While the first part of the project has already been completed and modern office space for 700 employees has been created directly on Köpenicker Straße, the area behind it facing the Spree is making great strides. In the former “cold store”, which will be integrated into the new building, loft-like spaces for the cultural and creative industries are being created. A residential building is also being constructed directly on Köpenicker Straße. Just a few metres further on, at the address Adalbertstraße 43, another new construction project is being built: a studio and residential building is being built at the T-junction with Köpenicker Straße. The building is scheduled for completion in 2022.
New building for fire brigade and administration to be built in Friedrichsfelde
One of the largest fire stations in the district is planned for the Friedrichsfelde district of Lichtenberg. A modern building with a total of nine vehicle halls is to be built on the site of the Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60 administration location. In addition, further space is to be created for the Lichtenberg district office to provide room for 350 additional jobs. The Friedrichsfelde district does not yet have its own fire station. Exactly what part of the ten-hectare site will look like in the future is now to be outlined in two competitions scheduled for the fire station and the new administrative building. The competitions are scheduled to start in May and June 2021. Architects and landscape architects from all over Europe are invited to submit ideas for the design of the former Stasi grounds. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.
New helicopter terminal in Tegel will not be built
The Federal Ministry of Defence has shelved the controversial plans to build a new terminal for the air force on the military part of the airport site in Tegel after criticism from the Taxpayers’ Association and local residents. Just over a month ago, the ministry announced that a new terminal would have to be built for the three government helicopters stationed in Tegel, for economic reasons. In perspective, however, such a terminal was to be built at BER in a few years anyway. Now the “BMVG” has backed out. The ministry recently commented on the project as follows: “In the meantime, further talks between the ministries concerned and the Federal Chancellery have made it clear that all forces and possibilities are now to be used to accelerate the complete relocation of the Special Air Mission Wing to the BER/Schönefeld site without delay”.
Redevelopment of condominiums in Sophienstraße
In a protected as a historic monument old building in the Spandauer Vorstadt, 17 condominiums are currently being developed. The building is being extensively restored and modernised. A total of 17 residential units with living spaces between 26 and 140 square metres are being created in the front building and the cross-building. Two additional commercial units will be built on the ground floor of the front building. According to current plans, the refurbishment project is to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. The flats with one to five rooms can be purchased for around 380,000 euros.
New rehabilitation centre on the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin campus
A new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre has been completed on the grounds of the “Unfallkrankenhaus” Berlin in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district. The concept of “healing architecture” was used.
Five years of renovation: reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2021
In April, the renovation work on the “Neue Nationalgalerie”, which began in 2015, will be completed. This will give Berlin back its icon of modern architecture. It is planned to open for the general public in August 2021.
High-rise projects “Stream” and “Max & Moritz” grow
Between Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Brücke, a completely new district is growing upwards and has already been completed in large parts. However, several high-rise projects are still under construction. Two of the projects that will significantly shape the future image of the “Mercedes Benz Quarter” are progressing at a rapid pace: the “Stream Berlin” and “Max und Moritz” projects.
U5 construction site Unter den Linden: Final asphalt work underway
While most of the U5 construction site has been restored, the final work on the road surface is underway at the “Kronprinzenpalais” and the “Alte Kommandantur”.