The Bethanienturm – a ruin brought to life again

The Bethanienturm, a heritage monument steeped in history and situated in the heart of Berlin-Weißensee, is carefully being restored developing 17 new apartments.

The Project

During the Second World War the Bethanienkirche (Bethanien Church) was almost entirely destroyed in a bombing raid in 1945. Only the tower - 65 m tall - was left standing and has not been used since. To preserve this ruin from further decay and give it a purpose once again this unique project will transform it into a total of 17 extraordinary apartments.

The property of roughly 1.850 m² with a stock of old trees will establish a green oasis in the heart of Berlin-Weißensee

The unique turn-of-the-century architecture gives the tower its compelling charm and will continue to be the fundamental constituent of this landmark design after the renovation. The ruin of the tower is going to be redeveloped on a large scale and extended by an annexe in the shape of the destroyed nave with a brick curtain wall façade.

Three large flats, one on the ground floor and another two as three-storeyed maisonettes from 1st to 3rd and from 3rd to 5th floor respectively, will be situated in the renovated tower and partly the annexe. The rest of the annexe will house 14 further family-friendly flats of 79,6m² up to 132,5 m².

A total of 13 car spaces, an e-bike as well as a bicycle and buggy parking room will be constructed in the basement. It will be accessible via a car lift so that none of the old trees planted in 1902 have to be felled for a ramp.

The design for this original project was developed in close collaboration with Spreeformat Architekten.

A building permission was issued on the 18th May 2020.

At the moment this innovative and unique project is still looking for a “tower godmother/godfather” who will purchase the biggest and representative flat in the historical tower. Although only a third of the approx. 60 m tall building will be used as living area, it needs to be renovated completely and in compliance with the regulations for historical monuments. The large flat in question covers three floors and forms the heart of the project. We have therefore decided to start marketing with this extraordinary residence.


    Fotos: © Spreeformat Architekten / The Third


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