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Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz

Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz
Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz, Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

After winning the design competition for Germany's tallest apartment tower in January, Frank Gehry's project for the building on Alexanderplatz has already run into problems over fears that the 150-metre building could be too heavy for its site. The German edition of the Local is reporting that Berlin's Senate has placed the plans on hold because of the building's proximity to the U5 branch of the U-Bahn tunnel, which it fears could be crushed under the weight.

More on the story after the break

Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

Berlin's transport authority BVG is also worried about the construction of the building, asking for clarification on whether they could run trains through the tunnel during construction.

Developer Hines Property Group has responded by commissioning a survey of the area to establish what effect the building will have on its site in Alexanderplatz, and on the U5 Tunnel.

Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Gehry Partners' winning design for the residential building on Alexanderplatz. Image © Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines

However, despite this unexpected setback, Hines remains confident that the scheme will go ahead as planned, saying that they are "heading in the right direction and are confident that a decision will be made soon."

Story via the Local

Cite: Rory Stott. "Gehry's Berlin Skyscraper May Be Too Heavy for Alexanderplatz" 09 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/514369/gehry-s-berlin-skyscraper-may-be-too-heavy-for-alexanderplatz/> ISSN 0719-8884
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