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DIEAG launches a closed architectural competition for the three prominent high‑rises on the BE‑U | Behrens‑Ufer

  • Non-public architectural competition
    for three buildings to be awarded in parallel
  • Invitation-only competition with an expectation of 15 participating architecture firms
  • Concepts should tap into the potential of the site
    and enrich the architecture


DIE Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG (DIEAG) is launching a single-phase, closed architectural competition in accordance with the guidelines for planning competitions for the three prominent high-points of its BE‑U │ Behrens‑Ufer district development. A total of 15 architectural firms were invited to submit designs for the three sites by 3 June 2024, with the aim of meeting the ambitious targets for energy efficiency and sustainable construction, as well as integrating the existing urban development concept and specifications.The architectural competition is being held simultaneously for all three high-rise buildings of the BE-U │ Behrens-Ufer business quarter development in order to focus on the area’s district concept. Drees & Sommer SE has been commissioned to plan and organise the competition.

Robert Sprajcar, board member of DIEAG and jury member, states: “Due to the complexity of the competition, the jury meeting has been split into two days and is scheduled for 11 and 12 July. The jury’s task is to identify the best possible compatibility between the overarching, citywide guidelines and recommendations of the high-rise model for Berlin with detailed concepts of the Treptow-Köpenick district, and the vision of the overall quarter in the submitted designs.”

Ulrike Zeidler, Head of the Treptow-Köpenick Urban Development Department and member of the jury, points out: “The area around the Peter Behrens Building, as a monument to Berlin’s modern industrial culture, with its significant history as a business location, creates a unique basis for an innovative and sustainable commercial district here in Treptow-Köpenick. I am delighted to be part of the jury and to make my contribution to this future location in Berlin.”

The positions of the jury (prize jury) have been allocated as follows: The substantive jury consists of: Robert Sprajcar (DIEAG), Prof. Stefanie Molthagen-Schnöring (HTW, engl.: University of Applied Sciences), Senate Building Director Prof. Petra Kahlfeldt (Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing), Ulrike Zeidler (Treptow-Köpenick District Office) and Till Ackers (Züblin). The members of the expert jury are Dieter Eckert (ENS Architekten BDA), Prof. Silvia Malcovati (FH Potsdam, engl.: University of Applied Scienes), Prof. Dogan G. Yurdakul (GfP – Gesellschaft für Planung), Reinhard Busch (Fugmann Janotta und Partner) and Prof. Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir (Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Architekten).

The concepts should fully exploit the potential of the site and enrich the architecture, with the aim of creating a heterogeneous urban concept. The building in the immediate vicinity of the river Spree with the working title A 1.3, has a gross floor area of around 15,000 sqm. Building A 3.1, including the base, has a gross floor area of around 33,000 sqm, and the third building at the eastern end of the site, numbered A 3.3, has a gross floor area of around 28,000 sqm. BE-U | Behrens-Ufer will create a total of 235,000 sqm rental space in historic and new buildings by 2029, primarily for businesses from the life sciences, laboratory and light industrial sectors.

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About DIE Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG

With a project volume of around EUR 2.5 billion (as of August 2023), DIE Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG (DIEAG) is one of the leading real estate project developers and asset managers in the German-speaking region. Founded in 2015, DIEAG stands for holistically designed and implemented real estate projects and focuses on the development of large-scale residential and commercial properties for sale to institutional clients worldwide with the aim of long-term portfolio management. DIEAG is committed to sustainable investment strategies in the interests of responsible corporate governance in accordance with ESG guidelines.

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About the BE-U | Behrens-Ufer

Berlin-based DIE Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG (DIEAG) plans to create one of the most innovative and sustainable business districts in the world. More than €1 billion will be invested in the 10-hectare former industrial site in the city centre, located in Berlin’s south-eastern growth corridor. The attractive mix of historic and new buildings offers a total of 235,000 square metres of rental space for businesses. The extensive site is located in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. The spacious premises are particularly suitable for research and development, laboratories and high-tech production. As a knowledge hub, BE-U will develop Schöneweide as a centre of the future and generate synergy effects. The aim is to create an energy self-sufficient urban district that goes far beyond the usual ESG standards. The BE-U is scheduled for completion in 2029.

For more information, visit: www.be-u.berlin



DIE Deutsche Immobilien
Entwicklungs AG

Schlüterstraße 36
10629 Berlin

+49 30 2244 505 50


DIE Deutsche Immobilien
Entwicklungs AG

Schlüterstraße 36
10629 Berlin

+49 30 2244 505 50