Frank Gehry Chosen to Design Berlin’s Tallest Tower

© , Courtesy of Hines

Gehry Partners has been selected over David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates and seven other practices in an invited competition for a 300-unit residential tower in Berlin. The winning proposal, deemed “the most compelling” by jury for its rotating stacks of sculptural, stone-clad cubes that rise up to 150 meters, is expected to be Berlin’s tallest skyscraper and ’s tallest residential tower.

“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,” commented Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director.

The majority of the Hines-developed, 500,000 square foot structure will be dedicated to a mixture of apartments and penthouses, however a portion of the tower will be used as a hotel.

This will be Gehry’s third project with the real estate giant, as the pair also collaborated on the Hines’ DZ Bank in Berlin and the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

© Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

Gehry’s design is currently on view alongside the competition’s second and third place proposal, by Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH and Barkow Leibinger Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, in a public exhibit at the annex to the Lichthof at Köllnischer Park 3, 10179 Berlin, through February 12, 2014.

Reference: Hines

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Frank Gehry Chosen to Design Berlin’s Tallest Tower" 03 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Geoff Crowley

    Will this make it the tallest leaky building in Berlin?

  • Barry

    Hmm. I’d like to see the other entries.

  • Bryan

    So unique and innovative, what will he warp next? It might be a tower, a tower, or another tower!!

  • Jake

    Frank STAHP!

  • Jeremy Germe

    But why ??!!

  • Michal Tatjewski

    150 metres of sh*t
    I just cannot imagine that germans chose this weirdo over chipperfield…

    • locals

      There wasn’t a public vote about this building. “The Germans” are therefore not to blame – rather some questionable Berlin officials.

  • Wojtek Zborowski

    gehryrolled !

  • Christopher Argent

    Another ‘Bilbao Effect’ pipe dream. There is no way that you can reproduce the cultural/social/economic revitalisation ‘success’ of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (product of a fortunate series of events). So why would you think imitating a style is going to achieve anything? These copies, through reproduction, lack more and more fidelity as the style is mass produced. There is nothing spatial or special about squeezing apartments into a form which is only self referential.It’s like being rewarded for being able to kick yourself in the face.