November 2021

Crane giants over Berlin

The Gasometer Schöneberg used to be a low-pressure gas tank on the former GASAG site, which was decommissioned in 1995. After decommissioning and dismantling, only the listed 78-metre-high tank frame remained. This is considered a landmark and symbol of Schöneberg. From around 2024, the striking structure will enrich the city's EUREF campus with attractive concepts for its utilisation.

The Schöneberg Gasometer

The redesign of the Gasometer is inspired by the historical image of the low-pressure gas tank’s telescopic vessel ascending and descending within the frame. Here, EUREF AG envisages a new building with a homogeneous façade design.

At a one-metre distance, the grey, historic steel frame functions as a frame for the new round building. The listed steel frame thus remains preserved and visible in all its splendour. Floor by floor, the steel frame is simultaneously repaired as per the preservation order. The green steel shell, i. e. the lower part of the Gasometer, will become the conference area, i. e. the forum of the EUREF Campus.

From a height of 16 metres upwards, EUREF AG erects an office building with around 28,000 square metres of space within the Gasometer. On the upper floors, rooms for presentations and events will be created behind a steel and glass façade. On the top floor of the new building, a sky lounge with a terrace is being built, which will be open to the public – the view over Berlin from a height of around 66 metres included.

Key data of the tower cranes from WASEL used:

To lift all the loads over the steel structure without any problems, the three cranes on this construction site must tower well above the almost 80m high industrial monument. The crane types used are over 113m high and thus taller than the Elbphilharmonie building in Hamburg. The boom is 70m long, and at its outermost point, can still pull 3.6 t of weight.