- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 31 Aug 2017
The Bierpinsel, Berlin
The Bierpinsel (‘Beer brush’), officially the Tower Restaurant Steglitz, is a ‘sci-fi Brutalist’ building in the Steglitz neighbourhood of south Berlin. It was built between 1972 and 1976 by architects Ursula and Ralph Schuler.
It has a height of 46 m and was designed to resemble the silhouette of a tree, but has been compared to an observation tower. In 2010, local graffiti artists adorned the building with striking Pop Art-style paintwork.
Originally, the structure consisted of three storeys that contained restaurants and a night club. However, it was sold and has remained closed since 2006, requiring expensive construction work to fix recurring issues with leaks.
Despite some interest from potential occupiers, a permanent use has yet to be found, meaning that the building’s future remains uncertain, and admirers are concerned that the owner plans to rebuild the entire area, which would mean demolishing the structure. However, it seems that any plans are on hold until an insurance dispute about damage caused by burst water pipes can be resolved, offering some small measure of hope to this iconic relic of Berlin’s Brutalist past.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The rainbow JCB will be making a welcome return to the London Build Expo on 23 and 24 October at Olympia.
An introductory article to external works - all activities carried out to the external environment of a building project.
With the clock ticking, RIBA say that a 'no deal Brexit' will be "disastrous" for the architecture profession.
The focus is generally on the lime binder, but the aggregate is actually the most significant element.
The importance of communication, collaboration and simplicity when planning construction projects.
New working group is set up to consider options for raising standards across the property agent sector.
BSRIA provide a top 10 list of recent legislation and guidance affecting buildings.
Record third-time winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize - our profile of one of the world's most celebrated architects.
Foster + Partner's London Bloomberg HQ building wins the 2018 Stirling Prize.
A release schedule is prepared if not all required information has been prepared or issued when the contract is executed.