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The Bahntower, also written as BahnTower and Bahn-Tower, (English: Railway Tower) is a 26-story, 103 m (338 ft) skyscraper on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany. Built between 1998 and 2000, the Bahntower provides 22,000 m² (236,806 sq ft) [1] of office space for the headquarters of Deutsche Bahn (English: German Railway). It is the sixth-tallest building in Berlin and the sixty-fourth tallest building in Germany.

Bahntower
Bahntower, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 141027, ako.jpg
General information
TypeCommercial offices
LocationPotsdamer Platz,
Berlin, Germany
Coordinates52°30′35″N 13°22′30″E / 52.50972°N 13.37500°E / 52.50972; 13.37500Coordinates: 52°30′35″N 13°22′30″E / 52.50972°N 13.37500°E / 52.50972; 13.37500
Construction started1998
Opening2000
OwnerMorgan Stanley
Height
Antenna spire103 m (338 ft)
Roof94 m (308 ft)
Technical details
Floor count26
Floor area22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectHelmut Jahn
DeveloperDeutsche Bahn
Main contractorHochtief AG

HistoryEdit

 
The skyline of Berlin in the Lego Architecture series - the Bahntower can be seen in the centre

In 2007 and 2008, it was reported that the small pieces of glass had fallen onto the street from cracks in the façade. This was followed in 2016 by a near-fatal incident in which a pane of glass measuring 30 cm by 150 cm (1 ft by 5 ft) fell onto a car on the street below.[2]

The original owner of the skyscraper was Sony as part of the wider Sony Center. In February 2008, Morgan Stanley and others bought the Sony Center with the tower for €600m.[3][4] In 2007, Deutsche Bahn had planned to move to a new headquarters built by Danish company 3XN outside the Berlin Hauptbahnhof,[5] although this fell through and Deutsche Bahn extended the its Bahntower contract.[4][6]

When Morgan Stanley's real estate funds came into difficulties they sold their stake to South Korea's National Pension Service in 2010.[7]

In 2016, the Bahntower was featured in the Berlin skyline scene, which is part of the Lego Architecture series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bahn findet keine Mieter für Hauptbahnhof". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Scheibe fiel von Bahntower: Frau entging nur knapp dem Tod". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/berlins-sony-center-sells-for-bargain-price/a-3157354-1
  4. ^ a b "Deutsche Bahn verwirft Pläne für Umzug". Financial Times Deutschland. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Mehdorn verstellt der Kanzlerin die Sicht". Die Welt. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.morgenpost.de/wirtschaft/article104670742/Deutsche-Bahn-bleibt-am-Potsdamer-Platz.html
  7. ^ https://www.refire-online.com/features/investment/koreas-nps-to-have-doubled-investment-in-berlins-sony-centre/