Hines Selects Gehry Partners Design for Germany’s Tallest Residential Tower

International real estate firm Hines announced that Gehry Partners has won the architectural competition for the company’s 300-unit apartment project in Berlin. The asset is the first residential high-rise development in Berlin since the 1970s, and will likely be the city's tallest.

Hines-Residential-Tower-in-BerlinBerlin, Germany—International real estate firm Hines announced that Gehry Partners has won the architectural competition for the company’s 300-unit apartment project in Berlin.

Located at the D4 construction site between Hackescher Markt, Friedrichshain and Berlin-Mitte, next to Hines’ recently developed Die Mitte retail building, the planned high-rise will be Berlin’s first new residential tower since the ’70s.

The Houston-based developer expects to invest between 200 million euro ($271 million) and 250 million euro ($340 million) in the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and last for about three years. Upon completion, the 500,000-square-foot development will feature small apartments, penthouses and a hotel.

Slated to rise to a maximum of 492 feet, the 39-story structure will likely become the tallest building in Berlin and the tallest residential tower in the entire country. At about 460 feet, the Colonia Tower in Cologne is currently the highest apartment skyscraper in Germany.

This is the third time Hines is collaborating with Gehry Partners. The internationally renowned architectural firm also designed the company’s DZ Bank in Berlin and the New World Center in Miami Beach, for which Hines served as development manager.

In its effort to find the best possible urban and architectural design for the project, Hines worked with the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment and the Berlin-Mitte District Council to organize an architectural competition in May 2013.

Nine national and international architects were invited to participate, including Adjaye Associates (London); Architectonica (Miami); Barkow Leibinger Architects (Berlin); BE Berlin (Berlin); David Chipperfield Architects (London/Berlin); Gehry Partners L.L.P. (Santa Monica, Calif.); Ingenhoven Architects (Dusseldorf, Germany); Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH (Berlin); and Prof. Kollhof Generalplanungs-GmbH (Berlin).

In November, four firms – Barkow Leibinger Architects, Gehry Partners, Ingenhoven Architects and Kleihues + Kleihues – entered the second and final phase of the competition.

On Jan. 23, the panel of experts concluded that Gehry Partners’ cream-colored, stone-clad model was the most suitable project for this particular location in Berlin. In a design likened to a cloverleaf, the tower’s top floors rotate, with four connected structures around the building’s axis.

“Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the façade radiates agreeable tranquility. In addition, the design blends well with the neighborhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living,” Senate building director Regula Lüscher said in a statement.

Hines opened its first office outside the U.S. in Berlin in 1991. The company’s most important projects in Germany include Die Mitte-Shopping am Alexanderplatz, Upper Eastside Berlin, Sony Center Berlin, Benrather Karree in Düsseldorf, Uptown München in Munich, Hofstatt in Munich, the Siemens headquarters in Munich and Postquartier in Stuttgart.