The German capital is a city divided by style, says Sue Chester, with an address in the east now considered über-fashionable. It’s now 25 years since the German Democratic Republic (GDR) held its first free elections, ending the split between East and West Berlin and unifying the city after decades of division. During that time,
Young creative people from all over the world are moving to Berlin – and new quarters are becoming ever more attractive. When the Irishman James Guerin came to Berlin in the nineties and moved to the quarter Prenzlauer Berg, he had to learn German quickly in order to be able to communicate. Today, in some
The buildings once served as a brewery, a venue for the Delta film theatre and a rehearsal studio for televised ballet. Now an investor is developing the Arkonahöfe properties for 40 million euros. 60 lofts are to be created here, with prices ranging between 4,000 and 7,400 euros per square metre.
Berlin is standing on the cusp of a huge development boom: the construction of a total of 14,466 apartments was approved in the first nine months of this year alone. According to figures provided by the Berlin-Brandenburg Office for Statistics, this equates to 5,500 more than in the same period of the previous year.
Walking around the building site, looking at the cranes working on the open spaces nearby, there is a sense that Berlin is busy closing up remaining gaps. “Time is running out to buy in Berlin”, Guerin says. Once all the empty plots are built on, will Berlin go the way of Paris or London, with
Twelve luxury freehold flats are being built on Anklamer Straße (Mitte). He was managing director of the Temporäre Kunsthalle and has exhibited his works in New York, Seoul and London. Now the artist Thomas Eller (48) is trying his hand at something new. Eller is developing a luxury residential building on Anklamer Straße (Mitte). He
A developer serving art and culture – James Guerin renovates buildings and preserves their souls. The historic apartment house on Koppenplatz in Berlin Mitte has always been home to people from all over the world. Originally constructed in 1890, the building is now protected as a historic monument and features resident-owned apartments and a gallery.
The John Park residential district, with 89 units, is planned for a 3,500-square-meter plot at Scharnhorststrasse 30–32 in Berlin’s Mitte district, with construction to start in October of this year. The developer for the project, which will have a sales volume of €40 million, is the Natulis Group, based in Berlin.
Artists and creatives are generally the first to settle in a new neighborhood. While small, independent shops and bars are now being crowded out of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, the trendsetters move on. Wedding and Neukölln are the next big thing according to those in the know. A new fashion center is emerging on Bernauer