Prague, Vienna, Budapest. These three European cities lend their names to three building projects being realized by developer Richard Ditting and the property firm Quantum in Berlin’s Europacity district. The new builds are next door to each other on a site between Heidestrasse and the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal. To the north, the “Budpapester Höfe” have already been completed and nearly every one of the 204 apartments let; now, closer to the main station, work is proceeding on the “Prager Karree
” with a total of 210 apartments and the “Wiener (Viennese) Etagen” with 92 apartments. On 18 June Berlin’s senator for urban development and housing, Ms Katrin Lompscher, joined builders and developers at the topping out ceremony for the two projects. Grossmann & Berger
is now starting the process of letting the 102 apartments in the first section of the “Prager Karree” building.
Joining Moabit and Mitte
, head of the Berlin new build sector at Grossmann & Berger is happy to report that, “Like Sleeping Beauty, Europacity in the centre of the new Berlin is now awakening from her long slumber and every week brings new growth. We hope that this will truly unite Moabit and Mitte districts.”
Five to seven stories high
The “Prager Karree” is a closed rectangle surrounding an inner courtyard with a passage leading to Lydia-Rabinowitsch-Strasse. Abutting this is the “Wiener Etagen” block on the Döberitz green corridor. The first section of the “Prager Karree” building is, looking from Heidestrasse, the block on the right, consisting of three buildings between five and seven stories high, accessed by seven entrances. Built to KfW 70 energy efficiency standards, this development complies with energy saving regulations as at 2014. Its varying façades add interest to the street views in Europacity; their common features are the horizontal divisions and big windows. An underground garage will offer a total of 76 car parking spaces and room for bicycles. There will be 37 parking bays in the first section.
Two to four rooms
Rental apartments in the first section of the “Prager Karree” development will have two, three or four rooms. The majority (68) of the new units are three-room apartments. People renting the smallest units have 45 m² of living space, those taking the largest units 120 m². Additional storage space is available in the cellars. Elevators from the underground garage and cellars travel to each story. The rental apartments are equipped with fitted kitchens, oak parquet flooring and underfloor heating. Balconies, loggias and private gardens open onto the planted inner courtyard and children’s play areas. Rents, excluding service charges, range between €684 and €1,991; including service charges the figures rise to between €809 and €2,318. Underground parking spaces may be rented for an additional €145/month each.
A bridge between the new and the old
Foundation work for the first section of construction is due to begin shortly. Currently work is concentrating on the central square for the Europacity between Heidestrasse and the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal. Called Otto-Weidt-Platz, the central feature is to be a fountain; a new flight of steps is planned on the canal side of the square. A new pedestrian bridge, due for completion at the end of 2019 or early 2020, will connect the square with the area around Chausseestrasse.
Top visualization: Viewed from Heidestrasse, the façade of the “Prager Karree” in Berlin has recessed and projecting elements.
Bottom photo: Sofa and dining table fit comfortably in the living and dining area of the show apartment in the “Prager Karree”.
Source: Grossmann & Berger