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TV Tower, Berlin, Germany

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Planned in the 1950s, construction began in 1964, complete in 1969
The TV Tower (Fernsehturm) was planned by the GDR (East Germany) in the 1950s to serve as the TV transmitter for all of East Germany. Orginally, it was planned to be in the Mueggelberg mountains, but it was in the flight path of planes coming into the planned Schoenefeld Airport. The location was initially planned to be on the former (and future) site of the demolished Berlin Palace, but the building land was too marshy. The Palace of the Republic_access would be built there, and the TV Tower would be built in the middle of Alexanderplatz. Construction began in 1964 and was completed in 1969. After reunification, it has become a popular tourist destination and symbol for Berlin and German Reunification. The form was influenced by technology and space travel and was designed by East German architect Hermann Henselmann. The design was later altered by several architects, Fritz Dieter, Guenter Franke, and Gerhard Kosel. The tower was constructed by building up the interior steel framework faster than the concrete shaft. The sphere is single-shell construction, prefabricated on the ground and then the segments were raised up with cranes. It is the second tallest structure in Europe.
1960s (1960 - 1969)
sitecast concrete construction
steel frame construction
368 m ()
Berliner Fernsehturm (2011, October 11). From http://tv-turm.de/en