In contrast to the other glass and steel structures in the square, the building is constructed out of peat-fired bricks with a design more reminiscent of a New York skyscraper. It soars 100 metres up into the Berlin sky and was completed in 1999.
Mainly built with office space in mind, I don’t suppose too many people will be overly enthusiastic about these statistics, but it might interest people more if I say that the fastest elevator in Europe catapults you up to the 24th floor in just 20 seconds where there is an open-air viewing platform with some of the best views in Berlin.
Known as Panoramapunkt, the 24th and 25th floors also include an exhibition called ‘Views of Berlin’ which is a reflection of Berlin’s history in pictures. There’s also a piece of the Berlin Wall which seems to just attract graffiti – but then again it always did I suppose.
To be whisked up to the top of the Kollhoff Tower for some of the most remarkable views in Berlin costs a full paying adult €7.50 (July 2018) and there’s a ‘Panoramacafé’ as well, should you need to sit down after your rocket ride to the top.