Architecture firm Barkow Leibinger was just awarded first prize in a competition to design the new hotel tower and conference center for Berlin's Estrel Hotel. The hotel's massive expansion reflects Berlin's growing construction boom as the modern city's population grows. Once completed, the 52-story tower will become the city's tallest high-rise building and the country's tallest hotel.
Located in the heart of Berlin, the Estrel Hotel hosts the largest combined convention, entertainment, and hotel complex in Europe. To prepare for the 2016 opening of Berlin’s newest airport, developers sought to rebrand and expand Estrel into the new “gateway to Berlin.” The angled high-rise is situated at the intersection of the Ship Canal, S-Bahn and Autobahn and it will be wrapped in a striking metal and glass curtain wall facade.
The architects drew inspiration from the children’s game “Tangram” to integrate the new structure into the city fabric. According to the architects, “the proposal is organized in a series of extruded triangulated volumes of different sizes and heights mediating the tower into the low-rise surrounding neighborhoods.” The building’s varied programmatic functions will be neatly distributed across the different sized building volumes, each oriented for optimal views over the street and water. Construction on the project will begin in early 2015 and is expected to take two years.
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