The Sony Center Berlin Germany
The Sony Center Berlin Germany is one of the most famous buildings and tourist attractions in Berlin. The architect Helmut Jahn, managing director of the Murphy / Jahn office in Chicago, has designed a complex of seven buildings on a 26,000 m² site in the Berlin district of Mitte with the Sony Center. The construction period was three years. Already on 20 January 2000, the entertainment area of the center was opened, the opening of the entire complex then took place on June 14, 2000. Arranged in a characteristic triangular shape, the Sony Center offers a combination of work, living and entertainment. At the top of this triangle is the 103 meter high railway tower – next to the three other skyscrapers on Potsdamer Platz a building visible from afar. The total investment cost of the Sony Center was estimated at 750 million euros. From January 20, 2000 to February 21, 2001 the Music Box existed. On March 31, 2007, the Legoland Discovery Center was opened. On 18 April 2008, the Sony Center was loan-financed for this sum to a group of investors from Germany and the United States sold, so there was no absolute increase in value or reduction in the ten years, but a relative reduction by inflation losses. On May 21, 2010 changed again the owner. The investor group to Morgan Stanley sold the Sony Center to the South Korean state pension fund NPS (National Pension Service) for about 570 million euros. In 2017, the Sony Center’s ownership interest of € 1.1 billion was re-sold as part of a share deal to Canadian property company Oxford Properties (a subsidiary of the Ontario Provincial Municipal Pension Fund) and New York-based investment firm Madison International Realty.