Historic monument, new life
By continuing to use the gasometer as a commercial property, no new area in Berlin has to be sealed, no trees have to be removed. Jobs will be created on existing premises – in a city where commercial space is scarce. In this way a historical monument is preserved and at the same time filled with new life.
“Some engineering structures are unintentionally beautiful. I count the gasometer among them, it is an example of the art of steel construction”.
says Johannes Tücks. He is a board member of EUREF AG, an architect by profession and at the same time the chief planner for the EUREF Campus.
“In the past, urban technology was regarded as ugly and hidden behind poplar trees. Today, we showcase these buildings and open up visual axes for them in new urban development”.
In this way, guided tours of the gasometer could also take place until the start of construction. Since the acquisition of the site, these tours have been made possible for the public to enjoy this unique view.
The planned building will be constructed as KfW-Effizienzhaus 55. This will implement the standard of a lowest-energy building, which is even significantly lower than the current legal requirements for energy consumption according to the German Building Energy Act (GEG). In addition to the highly insulating building shell, the extremely efficient central heating and cooling system, which incorporates renewable energies and combined heat and power generation, is used to generate primary energy.
The energy supply is – as in the other new buildings on the EUREF-Campus – smart. This means that light only burns in the rooms when people are present. In the evening and night hours, the gasometer will also be darkened by blinds.