Since 1995, the German Centre for Architecture has been rising like a phoenix from the ashes between Köpenicker Straße and the southern bank of the Spree, near the centre of the thermal power station. It is surrounded by industrial remains and rotting buildings.
Architects, city planners, landscape designers and their professional bodies, together with engineers, artists and designers, were daring enough to take over a turn-of-the-century industrial building that had once manufactured tools. The complex was carefully redeveloped to retain its features and white and green-tiled ornamentation. It was extended and a new floor was constructed over the whole building with an airy roof construction, made of steel, and reminiscent of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie. The imposing entrance of glass and steel is followed inside by industrial splendour and extensive conference rooms.
Exhibitions and talks on architecture and town planning take place regularly in the Sharoun and the Taut Hall. Passing through the courtyard landscape, one stumbles across the Café Mies, with its inviting seated courtyard. You can reach this successful old-new piece of architecture from the Köpenicker Straße, via two temporary slip roads marked by an oversized road sign saying “DAZ 48 49”.
Address: Köpenicker Str. 48/49, 10179 Berlin, +49 (0)30 27879928, www.daz.de Hours of opening: Scharoun- and Taut Hall Tue-Fri 12.00-19.00, Sat+Sun 14.00-19.00