Keywords: Skyscraper; United States; Germany; Berlin; Behrens.
The skyscraper is an extraordinary typological and constructive invention. Two American cities
compete for the primacy in the invention of skyscrapers: Chicago and New York. The first skyscraper
can be identified with the Equitable Life Assurance Company Building. The fascination of
this type of architecture soon spread to European architects. In Berlin the first to propose the
construction of a skyscraper was Bruno Möhring, who designed a tall building for the Grand
Berlin competition. The explosion of the debate on the skyscraper in Germany, however, occurred
after the First World War, during the Weimar Republic. The first competition for the
construction of a skyscraper in Berlin, took place in 1921. Few years later it was followed by
the Alexanderplatz competition. Peter Behrens finally built two tall houses at Alexanderplatz
without however renouncing the urban identity of Berlin. Since then the skyscraper will spread
throughout Germany and Europe.