Opinions regarding skyscrapers are shifting dramatically across Germany, with exclusive high-rise properties now appearing in some of the nation’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Luxurious penthouses and apartments offer the comfort of countryside villas while overcoming the obstacle of limited city space. These upmarket properties are especially sought after by affluent couples and retirees, in addition to significant numbers of investors from the USA, China and Arabic countries, who are already well acquainted with the associated lifestyle.
Spearheaded by world-renowned architects, high-rise homes are being hailed as a revolutionary progression in urban living. These skyscrapers include all the facilities one would expect from exclusive apartments, such as a reception and concierge service, spas, gyms and pools. As a consequence, these properties are becoming increasingly persuasive housing options for cosmopolitan homeowners - and similarly promising investments for developers.
A stellar example of this trend comes from just across the border, in neighbouring Switzerland. This Zürich skyscraper is located in the prosperous fifth district, one of the city's fastest-growing areas. It's a fitting home for such a cutting-edge building. From industrial beginnings, it has evolved into a thriving, creative neighbourhood, with several theatres and galleries, including the famous Hauser & Wirth; the popular Markthalle Im Viadukt serving fresh, local food; and an ever-growing array of bars and restaurants. Naturally, the building's interior is as sophisticated as its surroundings. The open layout creates a welcoming, spacious feel, exaggerated by large windows looking out at the city below and framing the mountains in the distance.
German skyscrapers share many of these hallmarks, from the fashionable facilities to the impressive design. The GEWA-Tower is the first of its kind in the town of Fellbach and was designed by Werner Stobek, who worked on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Upon completion, this impressive architectural feat will be Germany's third tallest residential building, with a striking silhouette and sprawling luxury apartments. Much of the appeal of this ground-breaking complex comes from its premium location, with views spanning both the bustling commercial centre and the picturesque Rems Valley. Known for its exceptional vineyards, this wine-growing region combines business and pleasure, making Fellbach a popular location for conferences as well as a prime leisure destination.
In the north of the country, Hamburg's waterfront district HafenCity boasts similarly impressive luxury towers. This two-level penthouse has stunning panoramic views out over the harbour and the River Elbe, best enjoyed from the balcony that wraps around the entire property. Large floor-to-ceiling windows fully capitalise on the penthouse's elevated vantage point, with underfloor heating and two parking spaces adding to the luxurious convenience of the property. A little further along the river, this spacious apartment boasts a floor plan designed by architecture expert Antonio Citterio, with an intuitive design concept focused on making the most of the natural daylight. Throughout the day, airy, open plan living spaces are bathed in light, and integrated sunscreens can be operated via a touch panel for privacy.
Germany's flourishing luxury skyscraper market offers a wealth of opportunities for investment, and a broad choice of city homes for the discerning buyer. To find out more, visit the Engel & Völkers website, or contact one of our expert advisers.