Metropol Park: 1930s building to be converted into exclusive apartment house

The former headquarters of the AOK health fund in Köllnischer Park Berlin to be converted into exclusive apartment

By 2016, some 200 exclusive apartments will be built in the former headquarters of the AOK health fund in Köllnischer Park, Berlin. The office building dates back to the 1930s and is heritage-protected.

Built as the AOK's headquarters, it is directly next to the Bärenzwinger (“Bear Cage”) and Märkisches Museum in central Berlin. The architecture of the nearly 90-year-old historical building is impressive with its unique red-brick facade. It is one of the first steel-framed buildings in Berlin and offers over 17,000 square meters of floor space. Having stood vacant for over a decade, the building is now being comprehensively restored and remodeled. The new owner – Luisenstadt I and II B.V., represented by Home Center Management GmbH – is attempting to retain as much of the old building fabric as possible while at the same time meeting modern demands.

The property will offer 135 condominiums for singles, couples and families. In addition to the striking building, four new buildings, providing an additional 7,000 square meters of living space, will be completed by 2017. Overall, the Metropol Park project will add some 200 apartments ranging in size from 60 to 400 square meters to the Berlin housing market.

Drees & Sommer is providing project management support to the principal for this project, with experts undertaking technical & economic construction consulting as well as quality, cost and schedule management.


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