Amazon to rent space in EDGE East Side Berlin
Online retailer Amazon is further expanding its presence in Berlin by singing a lease for part of the future EGDE East Side Berlin tower, currently being built in Berlin-Friedrichshain near the Warschauer Brücke.
Amazon will lease 28 of the 35 floors (55,000 m²) in the 140-metre-high office tower; other companies will occupy the remaining floors. Upon completion in 2023, Amazon and the other tenants will be moving into a smart building with technical systems that guarantee energy efficiency and sustainability. Designed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, the building has already received platinum pre-certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) as well as WELL v2 Core & Shell Gold certification from the International WELL Building Institute.
Jonathan Weiss, Head of Amazon's Research and Development Unit in Berlin, had this to say about the schedule: "Since we are only tenants and not owners, we have no influence on the construction period. After completion of the shell, we will need some time to set up our rented space so that our employees will feel comfortable and can work productively." The plan is to move in gradually after completion. Until then, Amazon will remain in its current offices in the nearby Mitte district.
EDGE East Side Berlin will not only offer space for companies such as Amazon, but also provide services and facilities for a wide range of semi-public uses by companies and visitors on the first five floors.
Other EDGE buildings are being built at Südkreuz Station and EuropaCity in Berlin and at HafenCity in Hamburg. EDGE Olympic in Amsterdam and the new Unilever North America headquarters in New York have already been completed.