Formerly the Oswald Berliner Brewery, and once part of the Berlin Wall, Factory Berlin by Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture is a 10.000m² start-up campus in Berlin Mitte, home to Twitter, Soundcloud and 6Wunderkinder.
“Since the Mauerfall in 1989, the complex has been home to an agglomeration of small businesses, housing, and storage facilities akin to the walled city of Kowloon.” say the architects.
The Oswald Berliner Brewery structure consists of five distinct building parts, built at different times from the late-19th to the early-20th century.
“To highlight the beauty and integrity of the original structure, we aimed to recreate the pre-World War I facade as accurately as possible, as hardly any historical photos or original plans exist. The removal of the plaster cladding to reveal the original brick facade was a tricky undertaking due to strict German regulations regarding climate protection.”
“The circulation and spatial logic were manipulated to satisfy the requirements of a 21st century start-up landscape. The offices of the internet company Soundcloud, for example, occupy formerly separate building parts and floor levels that were laced together with open internal staircases, creating a continuous spatial system connecting three floors of office program.”
“The resulting topography forms a village-like arrangement of white volumes, which are home to clusters of small start-ups, gathered around a central outdoor plaza on the fifth floor.”
Architects: Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture
Location: Berlin, Mitte
Area: 10.000 sqm
Project Team: Corentin Héraud, Eric Wolfgang Eisenhut, Sarina Giffhorn, Minho Park, Roma Gadomska-Miles, Martino Pacchetti, Cameron Halls, Roberta D’Alessandro, Julian Breinersdorfer, Rekha Barry