The Heidestrasse District: Living and Working in the Style of the Berlin Kiez Culture

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Thomas Bergander, shareholder and managing director of Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH got the preliminary certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). (Left to right) Benedikt Scholler (Drees & Sommer), Tobias Fischer (Drees & Sommer), Thomas Bergander (Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH), Markus Weigold (Drees & Sommer).

Central, networked, innovative and vibrant – on 14 June Berlin's new urban district, Heidestrasse, was the focus of part three of the Drees & Sommer event trilogy B. THE FUTURE – Real Estate Innovation. On some wastelands north of Berlin's central station, an area that had remained unused for decades, a completely new district will have grown by 2023.

Together with Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH Drees & Sommer gave an insight into various aspects of the urban development project, such as mobility, living, networking and culture.

As the capital's biggest excavation pit and largest development project at present, the Heidestrasse district, covering an area of 85,000 square meters, is twice as big as Potsdamer Platz: at the center of Europacity a diverse assortment of residential buildings and office blocks, commercial space, public streets and squares is developing in the style of the Berlin Kiez culture – a modern mixed neighborhood. The biggest coherent subproject, Europacity, offers commercial and retail space. In addition, 1,000 apartments are being built, a quarter of them being the type of housing with strictly regulated rents.

Drees & Sommer has been working with Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH since 2014. Their common objective is to create a vibrant and viable neighborhood offering its residents entire living environments and not just apartments and office space. The services provided by Drees & Sommer in the context of the eight subprojects include project management, digitization, innovation and energy advice, general technical and logistical planning, a mobility concept as well as sustainability certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). The preliminary certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) presented at the event for the QH-Track building underlines the high sustainability standards. In addition, Drees & Sommer are also responsible for reviewing the development plan, developing and managing the local infrastructure, organizing architecture competitions and marketing the properties.