Your own piece of 'futuristic pop-art', for sale in Berlin


For buyers looking for a fixer-upper with a difference, there's a distinctive - and heritage protected - entrant to the market in Germany.

Shaped like an enormous angular golf tee, or perhaps a mushroom, it's multi-faced, multi-coloured form gives a touch of 'futuristic pop-art' to the Berlin skyline.

The Bierpinsel tower, built between 1972 and 1976, is up for sale for ???3.2 million ($4.82 million). It's been vacant since 2006, having been at various points home to a restaurant and night club.

It might be a case of the worst house on the best street, though, as it's located right above Schlo??stra??e metro station in Steglitz in a popular shopping district.

And with the views on offer - panoramic, across the city of Berlin - there's clearly room to capitalise. The listing notes that the property "requires redevelopment", and the new holder would have a leasehold until November 2070.

The 46-metre-high brutalist building was designed by Sch??ler and Ursulina Sch??ler-Witte with the idea of a shape of a tree in mind, although Bierpinsel translates to "beer brush".

The husband and wife architectural team went on to design the International Congress Centre in Berlin, another prominent, but ageing building facing which has been utilised to house Syrian refugees as of 2016.

Bierpinsel has also had a reinvention of sorts, brightened-up in 2010 as part of a Turmkunst - or Tower art - project in 2010, with four artists from around the world using it as a giant canvas.

But now, it seems, it needs a new owner to bring this once cutting-edge building back to the future.

This story Your own piece of 'futuristic pop-art', for sale in Berlin first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.