Hamburg‘s Schilleroper is Germany‘s last surviving circus building. Erected in 1889 as a roundhouse with steel structure at the limits of St Pauli, it once housed an arena for 1,200 spectators, elephant stables, and artists apartments. Later converted into a theatre, it also staged a young blond man with bright blue eyes that become the national celebrity actor of the 1930s: Hans Albers, best known abroad for his role in “The Blue Angel“ with Marlene Dietrich. In 2003, Schilleroper was registered as heritage building, and sold to GST-Service GmbH from Pullach near Munich many years later. Now, the southern German company announced to integrate 220 flats into the landmark, with 120 located in the old roundhouse, and further 100 units in a new six-storey block to be built on its side. Investments are estimated at around 18 million euro. With construction scheduled to start in autumn, first tenants could move in by 2016.
Specialist in reconversions
The investor from Bavaria boast a vast and diverse experience in the development, design, and construction of residential, hotel and commercial properties. In Hamburg, GST also plans to convert the neo-baroque building of the former regional finance office at central Rödingsmarkt into a five-star luxury hotel.