Quartier Heidestrasse: It only takes 40 minutes to reach the future BER airport from the main station.
It only takes 40 minutes to reach the future BER airport from the main station. Numerous suburban trains, buses and trams also run from here to all parts of the city. An excellent location for living and working in Berlin. The triad of work, shopping and life are brought together in Quartier Heidestrasse to form a unified concept of use. The combination of these functions results in a vibrant urban quarter with a high standard of living. Democratic urbanism meets the age of digital modernity.
The buildings on George-Stephenson-Strasse which flank the western edge of Quartier Heidestrasse toward the tracks have versatile and flexible spaces for office and commercial use. The QH Core building complex represents the topographical heart not only of Quartier Heidestrasse, but Europacity as a whole. QH Core will provide office and commercial, as well as residential and multi-purpose retail spaces. This vibrant mix also distinguishes the other parts of Quartier Heidestrasse, a testimony to our motto ‘Home, work, life – mix it like Berlin.’ Open-minded and innovative.
The area surrounding Quartier Heidestrasse has a diversity of buildings and facilities for culture, politics, tourism, business enterprises, and medicine. There are also residential areas and leisure and recreation spots. Many of the buildings are new or built within the last 10 years or so: Berlin’s main station (2006), the Tour Total (2012), HumboldthafenEins (2015 – currently Berlin's ‘greenest’ office building), and the head office of power grid operator 50Hertz (2016).
The neighbouring areas also have plenty to offer. The sports park in Lehrter Strasse is within walking distance and provides a wide range of sports and wellness activities. Both Hamburger Bahnhof and Rieckhallen are international art galleries. And Wedding and Moabit have a flourishing alternative cultural scene.
Just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes in the ancient myth, now Quartier Heidestrasse rises today from the sandy soil of Berlin. As early as 1862, the government architect at the time, James Hobrecht, had plans to build an urban quarter on the site, with an ornate central square and with Heidestrasse widened into an attractive boulevard. But just a few years later, with the industrialisation of the Berlin Gründerzeit already running at full speed, the site was needed to expand the transport infrastructure of the rapidly growing city.
Construction of the Lehrter railway line and its terminus station to the south of Invalidenstrasse subsequently curtailed building on the site, with the line opening for service in 1868. Directly behind the former Lehrter station, in the area now planned for Quartier Heidestrasse, extensive facilities were built for freight handling and other railway operations. However, during World War II large parts of the infrastructure were reduced to ruins, then following the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the site was all but relegated to the outskirts of West Berlin.