The architect wants to build nine skyscrapers on the Avus – Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Berlin. The "ditch" at the Funkturm triangle is so inhospitable that we like to sit in the car and want to escape. But with Christoph Langhof awakens the "Spaghettigeschlinge", as he calls the routing of A 100, Avus, Messedamm, Halenseestrasse and the rails of the S-Bahn ring road, a real enthusiasm. And proposes a visionary proposal: "We want to build nine towers on the Avus," says the architect, particularly known in Berlin for his "Upper West" of 118 meters high on the Breitscheidplatz.

Even the city map view shows that the Funkturm motorway and the Nordschleife of the Avus are an area of ​​the best location in the western city, says the Austrian, founder of the Langhof Architekten architecture office in Berlin in 1978. "There is room for at least nine skyscrapers from a height of 150 to 250 meters," enthuses the architect. And even for the new Hertha stadium, which Berliner architect Bernd Richter recently presented at Berliner Morgenpost, there is still room – if one wishes.

"All existing green spaces and allotment spaces will be preserved and will not be affected by the proposed development," says Langhof. Instead, the fallow areas, the existing and planned remaining areas – the Funkturm motorway triangle, must nevertheless be rebuilt – between the Deutsche Bahn and S-Bahn tracks and the motorway layouts are used and built.

The skyscrapers must be interconnected by covered pedestrian and cycle paths connected to the Westkreuz S-Bahn station, the exhibition center and the ICC. "This will bring together the separate areas of Charlottenburg and the exhibition center and connect them directly to the Westkreuz S-Bahn hub," believes Langhof. This group of skyscrapers is conveniently connected via the S-Bahn ring and the east-west route to West City.

Langhof also has detailed ideas for designing high-rise buildings. They must therefore be placed on supports whose "normal uses", such as offices, should only start on the fourth, fifth or sixth floor.

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In addition, there are two different types of buildings, a "pyramidal house" and a "tree house". "These high-rise towers are mixed in. On the lower floors are storage areas and garages, and then upstairs hotels and / or offices, as well as in the upper-floor apartments," he said. l & # 39; architect.

The respective storage and garage areas, for example for bicycles, must be arranged either on the lowest floors, between the lanes and the freeway lanes or inside the building. The combination of uses, which must be made mandatory for all buildings over 60 meters in height according to the high-rise plan submitted by the Director of Buildings of the Senate, would also have completed its towers.

"The upper floors should each have restaurants and bars, as well as viewing platforms," ​​said Langhof. In addition, this edition of the high-rise model does not pose a problem. At the top of the towers, however, it will be a completely new use: "We want to build wind farms on skyscrapers, which, together with the photovoltaic modules installed on the facades, should contribute to significantly to the production of primary energy for their own use, "said Langhof.

Skeptics who can not yet imagine that on the so inhospitable and traffic-prone area around the Funkturm highway exit could actually become a modern tower, the Langhof architect recommends turning to New York . In the American metropolis, the first phase of construction of "Hudson Yards" was opened in March this year. For the new district of the city, a plateau was built on an eleven-acre railway area. A quarter of 15 skyscrapers grew up.

As in New York, the easy land to grow in Berlin is becoming increasingly scarce and people are opposed to the fact that even the last vacant areas are under construction. "With my proposal, I would therefore like to show how bad or unused areas there are in Berlin, which could be activated with reasonable planning," says Langhof. And in the middle of a well-developed urban location and not on the green outskirts. In addition, the construction of affordable rental housing is possible if the land is delivered cheaply, after all, be federal, train and Berlin here, the owners.

But of course, admits Langhof frankly, his design also has something to do with his passion for skyscrapers. "In particular, we want to show that it is possible to create aesthetically fascinating skyscrapers that inspire and inspire office tenants, residents and citizens of Berlin, while setting new standards for sustainability in high-rise buildings, "says the architect.

Plans for a 200 meter tower on the Hardenbergplatz

Langhof has added the silhouette of Berlin to "The Upper West" completed in 2017, the white tower of 119 meters on the Breitscheidplatz, the youngest most recent tower of the moment. But it's up to him to decide if this should change as soon as possible. His plans for the "Hardenberg" of over 200 meters high, directly on the Hardenbergplatz near the zoo station, did not, however, meet any addressee in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district or in the Senate's urban development department.

But that does not slow down the declared lover. On the contrary, it rather encourages him to get in touch with the society of the city and to present his ideas for the high-rise group to the radio tower. It was only then, says Langhof, that he had also managed to make the skyscraper tower at Breitscheidplatz a reality.

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