'Mini town' planned for central Berlin

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'Mini town' planned for central Berlin
How the development in Prenzlauer Berg could look. Photo: Bötzow Berlin

A millionaire has unveiled plans to build a “mini town” in an abandoned brewery in Berlin, complete with apartments, shops and a hotel.


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After three years of design work, entrepreneur Hans Georg Näder has unveiled the designs for the old Bötzow Brewery in the central eastern district of Prenzlauer Berg.

Näder, from the prosthetic company Ottobock, is investing €250 million to create what he has termed a "mini town" on Prenzlauer Allee.

Star British architect David Chipperfield has re-designed the 24,000m2 area, which is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. It is set to be finished in 2019.

Chipperfield's plans will see the former brewery renovated into a boutique hotel, loft apartments, a “Future Lab” research centre for Ottobock as well as underground parking spaces for approximately 200 cars.

Three new buildings are also planned - a 50 metre swimming pool with a view over Alexanderplatz, an art gallery and a micro brewery with a beer garden.

Bötzow Brewery's original buildings, the majority of which were never rebuilt after they were destroyed during World War II, are to be carefully renovated, said Näder.

Around 6,000m2 of historic vaults, which form the foundations of the site, will in future be used by artisan food manufacturers to make their goods in.

Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit is enthusiastic about the project. “An entrepreneur is building his life's work”, he told the Bild newspaper.

The site of the former Bötzow Brewery will be open to the public this weekend, with activities for children such as a circus and music workshops.

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