Picking up the Pace: Foundation Stone–laying Ceremony for Three Buildings in Quartier Heidestrasse

  • More than 67,000 sqm GFA for residential, office and retail purpose
  • The 'Mix it like Berlin' concept created for Heidestrasse
  • Planned completion of all three buildings by the end of 2022

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Quartier Heidestrasse (QH) had three reasons to celebrate today, as foundation stones were laid for three of the several development projects: QH Colonnades, QH Straight and the southern part of QH Crown. The projects will add about 67,000 sqm to the existing GFA for apartments, offices, retail, food and dining on Heidestrasse by the end of 2022. Only a small circle of guests was invited to attend the ceremony due to the pandemic.

On the occasion, Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director and State Secretary at the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing said, ‘Three building sites, three architectural styles – ROBERTNEUN’s raw and industrial, Collignon’s elegant and classic, and GMP’s sculptural and high-value – speak for today's diverse, colourful, metropolitan Berlin. Ever since the construction has been underway on the western building sites, the emerging Europacity began to feel like a city within the city. The high-quality architecture of the rising buildings, the range of housing accommodation and the diverse mix of uses is something we have never taken for granted. It is the result of collaboration between the State of Berlin, the project developer and everyone involved in the planning of the project.’

Thomas Bergander, Managing Director of the project developer Taurecon, spoke of the tremendous progress underway on QH, the new neighbourhood near Berlin's main railway station: ‘In Quartier Heidestrasse, work continues as planned on laying the groundwork for a lively coexistence of living, working and leisure. All the stake-holders are happy and appreciative of the fact that we have continued our project despite the many challenges. Quartier Heidestrasse stands for vitality and energy, pleasant, functional neighbourhoods, and productive spaces. We are delighted to be laying the foundation stones today for our three individual development projects, QH Colonnades, QH Straight and QH Crown South. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and the relevant authorities for their support. A big thank you also goes to our team for continuing to drive this major project forward’.

'Mix it like Berlin!' The Future Belongs to the City

With their wide diversity of uses, the QH Colonnades, QH Straight and QH Crown South projects embody the urban concept behind Quartier Heidestrasse. Across from the QH Core complex, which has already been completed and occupied, on the lively Quartiersplatz, will soon rise QH Colonnades, a building combining classic elegance with green retreats in the courtyard. The building will provide approximately 20,955 sqm GFA for 132 exclusive rental apartments, of which, 5,350 sqm GFA is for offices and 3,150 sqm GFA for retail, food, dining and studio space. Collignon Architektur has designed this timeless building.

To the north of this building is QH Straight, which is designed by the architect ROBERTNEUN. It will be a visually striking creation with rough, yet charming, features such as a seemingly unfinished concrete facade and vertically emphazised windows. QH Straight will cover approximately 22,130 sqm of interior GFA, with 5,500 sqm GFA earmarked for offices, 2,800 sqm GFA for retail on the ground floor and 131 rental apartments.

At the northern-most end of the development is the two-part building ensemble – QH Crown. The foundation stone of its southern part, QH Crown South, was also laid today. Its facade, with the brightness lent by its bronze and brass elements, will radiate metropolitan strength, durability and dignity. The complex will provide approximately 24,145 sqm of total GFA, which will include 5,720 sqm GFA for offices and 2,590 sqm GFA for retail, food and dining, as well as 130 exclusive rental apartments. gmp Architects have taken the lead in the design thus setting a further accent in Berlin's new center within short distance of the main train station, which has also been designed by the architects.

Quartier Heidestrasse: Smart, Sustainable Living and Working

Quartier Heidestrasse is being developed as a mixed-use neighbourhood on an 8.5-hectare site in the heart of Berlin. It is planned to integrate modern living and working in all their multifarious forms. The development comprises seven building projects with approximately 199,600 sqm total GFA available for office and commercial use, a hotel, a day-care centre and more than 940 rental apartments with around 95,400 sqm GFA. Since January 2021, tenants have begun moving into QH Core, the centrepiece of the neighbourhood. The entire development is scheduled for completion in 2023.

Taurecon Real Estate Consulting

Founded by Thomas Bergander, the company's activities focus on project development for private and institutional clients and observe real estate due diligence. In Berlin, the company has undertaken the development of the Quartier Heidestrasse neighbourhood within Berlin's Europacity. The company is coordinating the entire development process from conception and planning to realisation and marketing. Services include commissioning and coordination of the teams involved, the support of development plans and handling the competition and marketing, among others. Taurecon, on behalf of Adler Real Estate, is also taking over the development monitoring for Europacity's Wasserstadt residential project. On request, the company can also coordinate the entire process of buying property for its clients.

Grundsteinlegung im Quartier Heidestraße für die Objekte: QH Colonades, QH Straight und QH Crown. vl.: Nina Sleska, Geschäftsführerin ROBERTNEUN Architekten; Oliver Collignon von CollignonArchitektur; Hans Joachim Paap, Associate Partner gmp architekten; Thomas Bergander, Geschäftsführer Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH; Martin Hakiel, Director gmp architekten

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