The apartment building is located centrally at the main railway station and is nestled within a highly prominent neighbourhood. The former Hotel Astoria is located just across from it, with its striking façade long since obscured by scaffolding.
September 2021: Inside the building work is in full swing
Demolition and gutting work is being performed floor by floor. Several tonnes of rubble have to be removed from the 9-storey building every single day. At the same time, shell construction and concrete cutting work is going on. New, expansive window openings have been created on the mezzanine floor, which used to conceal storage rooms. Here, an additional 18 apartments are being built. The central corridors are also to get new windows on the longitudinal sides.
The underground pipes have already been renovated. At present, electrical work is just starting. This includes fitting the spacious bicycle rooms with charging stations for e-bikes.
Meanwhile, the colour scheme for the facades and entrance areas, staircases and corridors is being planned. Together with the neighbouring buildings Gerberstraße 18 and 20, which were also built in 1970, Gerberstraße 14-16 is subject to so-called “protection as a listed group of buildings” (“Ensembleschutz”) under German law. This means that all details are to be restored as faithfully as possible to the original. Any changes are coordinated with the responsible authorities.
March 2021: LWB is building at the Astoria
With Gerberstraße 14-16, LWB has begun its largest renovation project to date. Extensive work is planned both on the residential building’s exterior and interior. The (barrier-free) conversion of the mezzanine floor will increase the number of flats from its current number of 256 to 274. In addition to extensive façade work – among other things, the concrete decorative reliefs will enjoy proper renovation – all doors and windows, as well as the building services, heating and, for example, electrical installations, will all be renewed. The entire ground floor zone will be redesigned and bicycle storage areas will be established. In addition, space will be created for a modern concierge zone. Everything is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.