19 | 06 | 2019

FIABCI World Prix d´Excellence real estate prize for Upper West

Having already received the FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany real estate prize in the category “Commerce” in 2018, this year our hybrid high-rise “Upper West” in Berlin likewise won an award in the international competition, taking Gold in the category “Mixed-Use Development”. One of the first hybrid high-rises in Germany, the 34-story tower is praised for its striking shape and its mix of uses that includes retail, a hotel, office space and hospitality. The architecture by LANGHOF® and KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten ingeniously deploys separate entrances to enable all the units to function as independent entities. With its imposing height of 119 meters and its elegant shape, “Upper West”, which was built on behalf of Strabag Real Estate GmbH, marks the beginning of Kurfürstendamm at Breitscheidplatz. Together with the neighboring “Zoofenster” high-rise, the tower forms a gateway and is a landmark that is visible from afar. According to the jury of the real estate prize, which is awarded by BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen and FIABCI, this is a successful contrast of old and new that offers a contemporary response to Berlin’s urban context.

09 | 04 | 2019

Cornerstone ceremony for the German embassy in Algiers

On April 9, 2019 the cornerstone was laid for the German embassy's new chancellery by Ambassador Ulrike Knotz and the Wāli of Algiers, Abdelkader Zoukh. Spanning 4,240 square meters overall, it will house office and administration spaces, as well as the visa section. The expansive, light-flooded atrium will form the communicative center and heart piece of the new building. With its light louver façade, the structure is set to dovetail with the existing architecture, dominated by clean lines and façades rendered in white plaster.

04 | 04 | 2019

Topping out ceremony for the Alexander Quarter in Berlin

Following the invitation of the building contractor, project enterprise “European Student Housing Fund” and “The Student Hotel,” and the general contractor Züblin AG, a topping out ceremony was held in Berlin on Thursday April 3, 2019. On this occasion, all those involved in the project gathered for a friendly get-together with representatives of the worlds of politics, business and the media. Located in the direct vicinity of Alexanderplatz and the “Alexa” shopping center, an urban building block for hotel and office use is swiftly arising in the form of the “Alexander Quarter”. The 7-9-story-high structure will feature 475 hotel rooms, office spaces and communal spaces, with the latter including a library, lounges, co-working spaces, gaming areas and a fitness studio. The two different finishes of plaster (hotel) and architectural concrete (office) mark out the areas for hotel and office use. Life-size façade mock-ups provided those in attendance with an idea of what the finished building will look like, and how the different uses may soon be easily recognized from the outside. The building works are to be completed before August 2019 and the new hotel will open before the end of the year.

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