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Groundbreaking ceremony for “Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg” urban quarter

Today Art-Invest Real Estate began construction of a modern, climate-friendly quarter on the site of the former Postscheckamt at the Hallesches Ufer in Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District. Under the name Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg, an urban mix of uses including office, conference and event space, restaurants, retail, and residential is to be created. The groundbreaking ceremony for the first component, M40 – Das Holz Carré, was held on March 18 by District Councilor Florian Schmidt, Dr. Markus Wiedenmann, and Lena Brühne, both from Art-Invest Real Estate, and Tom Friedrich from ROBERTNEUN Architekten, as well as master planner Mareike Lamm from Sauerbruch Hutton. Completion of the overall project is scheduled for late 2023/early 2024. The Macherei concept represents the urban combination of living and working and is currently already being realized in Munich by Art-Invest Real Estate.

In total, the Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg site, developed according to Sauerbruch Hutton’s master plan, will have more than 66,000 m² of space. The holistically developed use concept is rounded off by open city squares that invite future employees, residents, Berliners, and tourists to linger and network. Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg is divided into three building complexes. The first construction phase is the Holz-Carré M40 designed by ROBERTNEUN Architekten in the eastern part of the quarter. In addition to office space, it also houses conference and event areas, as well as restaurants and stores for daily needs. The groundbreaking ceremony for the first building was celebrated on March 18.

The second construction phase is being built on the western part of the site with the Sauerbruch Hutton -designed buildings M60 – Das Zero Co2-Haus, one of the first climate-neutral and at the same time urban office buildings of this size, and the residential building M55 – Urban Living with 78 modern apartments.

The third and final construction phase consists of the central 90-meter tower known as the Postscheckamt Tower, which is undergoing an environmentally friendly renovation under the name M50 – Der Design TowerEike Becker Architekten is planning the comeback of the architectural classic, including a new sky bar and a green terrace at the base.

Lena Brühne, partner and Berlin branch manager at Art-Invest Real Estate, explains: “With Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg, Berlin is getting a networked and inspiring inner-city quarter that combines flexible workspaces and modern commercial concepts. At the transition between the Kreuzberg and Mitte districts, our modern metropolitan architecture and deliberately designed open spaces build precisely upon the dynamism and creative flair of the two popular inner-city districts. In doing so, we pay attention to a socially mixed quarter without barriers, which is open to all people. Thanks to innovative technology and foresighted planning, a new quarter of sustainability is emerging, which is already helping the climate during the construction phase through the use of renewable and recycled building materials. The creative district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is the perfect place for such innovations.”

Florian Schmidt, District Councilor of Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: “I am pleased that we have been given the opportunity to bring a previously privately used area to life for the urban community. The redevelopment of the former Postscheckamt site will create a new and open urban quarter that will accommodate a diverse range of uses, from commercial and cultural to much-needed affordable housing provided by the state-owned degewo.”

About “Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg”
In the Berlin District of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, “Die Macherei Berlin-Kreuzberg” urban quarter will be built in around three years, starting in spring 2021. Art-Invest Real Estate is constructing three buildings with different architectural languages on the approx. 20,000 square meter site at the Hallesches Ufer in the north of Kreuzberg, in addition to public quarter squares. In them, approx. 66,000 m² GFA will be created by late 2023/early 2024 for office, conference and event space, restaurants and cafes, retail, as well as residential use.
The three internationally renowned architectural firms Sauerbruch Hutton, Eike Becker Architekten, and ROBERTNEUN Architekten are responsible for the architecture.
The centerpiece of the ensemble is the Design-Tower M50, which is designed as an environmental revitalization of the city’s well-known former Postscheckamt with around 30,500 m². The quarter will also be built in a way that is as climate-friendly as possible. For example, M40 – Das Holz-Carré will be built as a wood hybrid with around 27,800 m² and M60 – Das Zero-CO2-Haus will enable climate-neutral operation on around 8,200 m² thanks to photovoltaic technology. Inside, various types of flexible office forms are possible, in particular also modern new-work office spaces with generous meeting and collaboration areas to meet the future requirements of the working world. The quarter is completed by the M55 – Urban Living residential building with 78 modern apartments.

About Art-Invest Real Estate
Art-Invest Real Estate is a long-term oriented investor, asset manager, and project developer of real estate in good locations with potential for added value. The focus is on the metropolitan regions of Germany, Austria and Great Britain. Art-Invest Real Estate pursues a "manage to core" investment strategy with institutional investors, selected joint venture partners, and its own capital. The range of investments covers the entire spectrum of returns and risks in the office, inner-city retail, hotel, residential, and data center sectors.

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