In the past, high-rise buildings did not enjoy a very good reputation in Germany. For many years they were considered nothing more than “housing silos”, and were often associated with social housing. But that has changed: modern high-rise buildings like the Grand Tower or the Henninger Tower in Frankfurt are individually planned prestige projects, which turn residential living into a luxury experience. The high-rise building of the 21st century has shaken off its bad image and is developing into a new urban living trend.
In the high-rise developments of the sixties and seventies, the emphasis was on practicality. Homogeneous housing served the purpose of providing accommodation to as many people as possible in a limited space. This resulted in many of these settlements being built on the city outskirts and often becoming social trouble spots, while lower buildings dominated the urban landscape in the inner cities. Meanwhile, however, lack of space has led city planners, investors and increasingly also the broader public to a gradual shift in perspective. The result: innovative high-rises which differ significantly from their predecessors from the last century in two respects. On the one hand, mixed use is becoming increasingly popular, i.e. the high-rise buildings combine office space, shops, hotels and private apartments in a single building. One example of this would be the Upper West Tower in Berlin, which is being built in the immediate vicinity of the Memorial Church. The key advantage: the buildings are occupied at all times of the day, which in turn has a dynamic effect on the entire city quarter. In addition, the previously dominant purposiveness has been abandoned. The modern high-rise buildings have unique characteristics, are increasingly designed by world-famous star architects, and set urban accents through their bold and visionary aesthetics, thus attracting investors from around the world.
A Focus on Luxurious Residential Ambience
Furthermore, the new high-rise buildings place great emphasis on upscale appointments and a wide range of service offerings that meet even the highest demands. Usual amenities include a parking garage, often also a 24-hour concierge service, a laundry service, as well as in-house fitness and spa facilities. The buildings themselves have an exquisite design and a high degree of individuality, but still exude an authentic urban flair. At the Pandion d’Or in Düsseldorf, for example, the apartments all share the same standard of living, but also have an individual design. But in the end it is the living at a lofty height which gives high-rise buildings their distinctive character and enormous appeal. Typically, the apartments and penthouses offer sensational panoramic views, e.g. the 172 metre high Grand Tower or the 140 metre high Henninger Tower in Frankfurt. As a crowning highlight, the Grand Tower even offers an 800 square metre community terrace and a viewing platform. The Henninger Tower, on the other hand, has a restaurant in the tower head.
At present, the construction of new high-rise buildings is still mainly occurring in Frankfurt, since the already existing skyline leads to a higher level of acceptance. However, the new generation of residential towers is also establishing itself in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Berlin. If the combination of urban ambience and exclusive retreat appeals to you, you can find out more at Engel & Völkers.