Marienpark in Berlin: The scaffolding of the Gasometer is still standing

Marie Park
:A Berlin place with history

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Memorabilia: The two ball gas tanks of the gasometer Mariendorf originated in 1968.


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Berlin –

The framework of the Mariendorf Gasometer is still standing. When it was built at the beginning of the last century, it was part of Berlin’s largest and most modern gasworks. Today it is a kind of landmark of Marienpark. As well as the old water tower and the two ball gas tanks, which, however, only at the end of the 60s were added. No matter. Much later came. A living place.

The gas plant on Lankwitzer Strasse was built more than a century ago by the London Imperial Continental Gas Association. This had brought the Berliners after 1826 the gas lighting and also in the southern communities of the city generated a need that soon made its own gas plant needed. There was Mariendorf in the center. In addition, the proximity to the railway line Berlin-Dresden and the Teltow Canal was important because both facilitated the supply of coal, from which the gas was obtained. 1900-1901, the gas works Mariendorf was built in 1923, it changed into the possession of Gasag and delivered until 1996 gas. After that, nothing happened there for almost two decades.

One of the largest business parks in Berlin

It was not until 2013 that an investor community took over the 360,000 square meter area and took up the superlative from the Gaswerk era. Under the slogan “Room for Ideas”, one of the largest commercial areas of the city is being built. Pioneer of the new beginning is an American brewery, which invested 25 million euros in the site. The company has meanwhile left again. A Scottish craft beer brewery recently moved into the Marienpark.

The neighborhood is home to the production of the fruit & vegetable snack factory Drrwerk founded in Kreuzberg or the ovens of the Wallenstein Backmanufaktur. Rewe, DHL and a kitchen outfitter operate logistics centers there.

The latest addition to the park is the company E-Shelter. The subsidiary of the Japanese NTT group, which claims to be Europe’s leading provider of data center design, construction and operation, has taken over 60,000 square meters of the park. The company plans to invest around 400 million euros there.

Several buildings are planned including a redundant power supply, own substations, full air conditioning and high security level, in which companies will accommodate their server farms. When everything is ready and occupied, it consumes as much electricity as it does in a 90,000-inhabitant city. Together with the data center already set up in Nonnendammallee in 2008, Berlin is now the second largest location of E-Shelter in Germany. The demand is growing, especially in Berlin.