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Sustainable LIESE high-rise in Berlin now complete

The 22-storey apartment building at 218 Frankfurter Allee in Berlin has now been completed, just two years after the first stone was laid. HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH awarded the contract for realising this construction scheme to general contractor PORR Building Construction East Region, with the official opening ceremony held on 27 June 2022. The first tenants are already occupying their new homes.

(f.l.t.r.): Annett Heckel (Leiterin Neubauprojekte HOWOGE), Thomas Felgenhauer (Geschäftsführer HOWOGE), Prof. Gerd Jäger (Architekt - BE Berlin), Ulrich Schiller (Geschäftsführer HOWOGE), Franziska Giffey (Regierende Bürgermeisterin von Berlin), Michael Grunst (Bezirksbürgermeister von Lichtenberg), Andreas Kimling (Regionalleiter Hochbau Ost der PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA), Timo A. Péli (Projektleiter Neubau) © Howoge / Schnitger

Affordable living in the colossal Lichtenberger Riese

A grand total of 394 apartments and some 2,800m2 of commercial space now stand beside the Lichtenberg bridge on a site measuring just 4,600m2. The 64-metre-high Liechtenberger Riese – or LIESE for short – is a triumph for affordable, sustainable living in the centre of Berlin, featuring 50 per cent assisted living spaces and a climate-friendly overall concept.

Apartments in the 22-storey high-rise range from studios to four-room flats. The tower can accommodate up to 14 commercial spaces in addition to approx. 22,000m2 of residential area. All the apartments can be accessed in a wheelchair, with 164 fully accessible throughout. Once the final touches are complete, tenants will have access to sound-proofed outdoor relaxation spaces with an exercise trail, giant swings, amateur football field and even a small sandpit. The roof terrace features seating, raised garden beds, a climbing wall and areas for sporting activities.

Environmentally friendly development

Decentralised home stations provide a direct hot water supply to each apartment, along with central ventilation and heat recovery, ensuring an ideal energy balance. The decentralised drinking water stations alone represent energy savings of up to 30 per cent in the hot water supply, as they work at a lower system temperature.

Along with drinking water stations, each apartment features ventilation and heat recovery via a heat exchanger. This system works by expelling the air used and simultaneously drawing in fresh air from outside, enabling up to 82 per cent heat recovery.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey, district mayor Michael Grunst, architect Professor Gerd Jäger and the PORR team all came together to celebrate the successful completion of the project at the LIESE’s grand opening ceremony on 27 June.


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