• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Architects plan 'garden city' for Alexanderplatz

Fred Searle · 13 Nov 2013, 09:03

Published: 13 Nov 2013 09:03 GMT+01:00

Green8, designed by Berlin architects Agnieszka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus, is a high-rise apartment building in the shape of a twisted figure of eight.

It includes elevated gardens, greenhouses and community spaces and is held upright by cables.

US property investor Hines is currently running a competition to design a 150m-high apartment building - also in Alexanderplatz - but Preibisz and Sandhaus are not taking part in the contest.

Preibisz said: “The architectural discussion is often led by investors saying ‘I want to build something here and make a profit by selling the apartments,’ but ideally we want a cooperative to stand behind our project.

“We would like to found a cooperative to finance the project mostly for people who will actually live in the building and participate in the community.”

The design seeks to meet a growing demand for self-sustaining gardening among city residents. According to the architects’ project description, the building would bridge the gap “between the desire for a pulsating urban life and the craving for a lifestyle in harmony with nature.”

“Alexanderplatz, as the centre of the city, is very much lacking in this kind of living quality,” Preibisz told The Local. “At the moment it’s mainly shopping and its just space. But we want to promote with our concept some new ideas for Alexanderplatz.”

The 48-year-old architect added: “There is a discussion ongoing about Alexanderplatz and there was also a master plan created for it several years ago which has turned out to be very problematic.

"It has not been carried out for many reasons so the whole discussion about high-rise buildings in Berlin and where they should be put has not been resolved at all.” 

The building, which is in a concept stage, also aims to promote communal living and create “a self-determined community encompassing all generations” according to the project outline.

Story continues below…

As well as providing communal spaces for food production, the garden city would also offer leisure activities and child care facilities for its residents.

The building, which aims to contribute to the master plan discussion to redesign the eastern city centre of Berlin, has been dubbed die Gurke (the cucumber) by the BZ newspaper.

Preibisz added: “It is not a problem having some organic associations because we want to promote green living and farming. Maybe it’s a carrot, I don’t know.”

READ MORE: Should Germany protect Soviet-era buildings in East Berlin?

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Fred Searle (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
 'One dead and two injured' in Germany machete attack
News channel NTV said there were scenes of panic in the city centre following the attack. Photo: DPA

A 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen in an incident local police said did not bear the hallmarks of a "terrorist attack".

Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: officials
Vigils continue in Munich to commemorate the victims, seven of whom were teenagers. Photo: DPA

The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, according to German authorities.

Germany grapples with enigma of Munich gunman
A debate is already underway as to whether Germany's gun laws, which are already strict, should be tightened further. Photo: AFP

Investigators were seeking clues on Sunday into the mind of gunman David Ali Sonboly, the teen author of one of Germany's bloodiest killing sprees.

Munich shooting
 Social media a blessing and a curse in Munich shooting
The Munich gunman may have hacked a Facebook account to lure some of the victims to the McDonald's fast-food outlet where the shooting began. Photo: DPA

Social networks were both a curse and a blessing in the deadly shopping mall shooting in Munich, as police sometimes found themselves chasing fictitious leads and false alarms.

Munich shooting
Munich pulls together after shopping mall shooting
Photo: DPA

In the chaos after the Munich mall shooting, city residents spontaneously offered shelter to strangers - a move that Chancellor Angela Merkel said showed that Germany's strength lies in its values.

Munich shooting
Merkel deplores 'night of horror' in Munich
Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said Munich had suffered a "night of horror" after a shooting spree in the southern German city left nine people dead.

Munich shooting
Munich attacker was shy video game fan
People laying flowers at the site of the shootings. Photo: DPA.

David Ali Sonboly was a quiet, helpful teenager who loved playing video games. His neighbours say there were no warning signs before his deadly rampage at a Munich shopping mall.

Munich shooting
Munich gunman inspired by rightwing Breivik: police
Photo: DPA

The lone teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage in Munich was "obsessed" with mass killers such as Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday.

Munich shooting
Turks, Kosovans and a Greek among shooting victims
Photo: DPA

Three Turkish citizens were among the nine people killed in Germany's Munich mall shooting. Three Kosovans were also among the nine victims.

Munich shooting
Munich gunman was likely not Isis terrorist: police
Flowers laid at the Olympia Shopping Centre underground station. Photo: DPA

According to initial investigations by Munich police, the young man who went on a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday evening was a lone gunman without motive, not a terrorist.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Analysis & Opinion
Nice was an attack on France, not on Germany
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Bavaria train attack: Were police right to shoot to kill?
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
National
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
Culture
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Lifestyle
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Society
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Lifestyle
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
Culture
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Lifestyle
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
Features
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Culture
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
10,782
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd