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Berlin skyscraper to break city’s height record

5 February 2014 No Comment

A new skyscraper which is set to be erected in Berlin will become the city’s tallest building when work is completed, dezeen.com reports.

American architect Frank Gehry was chosen to oversee the construction of the tower, which is expected to reach 150 metres into the sky.

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There was plenty of competition for the contract to design the new structure, with David Chipperfield Architects and Adjaye Associates both believed to have shown interest. It will be built for international property company Hines.

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Eccentric pattern but facade will radiate tranquility

The director of Berlin’s urban development department, Regula Lüscher, who was also involved in the judging of the entries, was quoted by constructionweekonline.com as saying:

“Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the facade radiates agreeable tranquility.”

“The design blends well with the neighbourhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living.”

The residential building will be located in the centre of the city, between Friedrichshain, Berlin-Mitte and Hackescher Markt.

It’s not the first time Gehry has worked on Berlin project with Hines. He was also involved in the development of the city’s DZ Bank. His work can be seen in his native US as well; he was responsible for the New World Center, which is located in Miami Beach.

Author: Graeme Parton    Date Written: 05 February 2014

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