Frank Gehry designs Berlin's tallest building
To become Germany's highest residential tower
Gehry Partners is the American design firm which was selected over eight other shortlisted firms, including David Chipperfield and Adjaye Associates in a competition to build a 150-metre residential tower for the international real estate firm Hines.
The building will be clad in stone, with the design made up of distorted blocks giving the illusion that the tower is rotating. The 500,000-square-foot skyscraper located on Alexanderplatz, will have 39 floors, with 300 apartments and a hotel, with aims to become one of the main focal points in the city of Berlin.
The director of the city's urban development department and judge from the competition Regula Lüscher, commented on the design 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."
This will be the third collaboration between Gehry and Hines. One of Hines' managing directors Christoph Reschke said, "The quality of the designs submitted was extremely high and reflected the importance of this prominent location in the centre of Berlin."