EISWERK TOMORROW

The area between the bridges Jannowitzbruecke and Schillingbruecke has evolved into an epicenter of Berlin’s creative scene, where new heterogeneous forms of living concepts are put into reality. EISWERK will continue this evolution, adopting the prevailing creative spirit of the area also known as “Holzblockufer” and applying it in the project’s architectural idea.

Fascinated by the site’s history as part of an ice factory, GRAFT architects have incorporated the theme of ice and the dialogue between history and modernity into the design concept. The vision of shifting or gliding ice blocks will serve as a model for the new commercial building’s architectural blueprint, the symmetry of the cubes contrasting with the building’s asymmetry. Situated at the rear, it will meander geometrically down to the river, forming unexpected free spaces, such as terraces and courtyards.

The building facing Koepenicker Strasse will excite a lively interplay between old and new elements. The new residential building will feature a striking façade with repeated references to its listed counterpart in the forms of contemporary extensions of vertical and horizontal structures. A middle section of the new building will serve as “translator”, connecting the contrasting buildings to form a single structure. A prominent entry portal will enable the access to the rear buildings and to the public river promenade. The original façade of the former factory building with window openings, rebuilt when it became a cooling house, will be restored, letting daylight into the building again. And people are drawn into natural light; it promotes creativity and well-being.

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An inventive center for collaborative forms of living, working, and creativity is now in development; EISWERK in Berlin-Mitte will inject life and energy into the neglected grounds and buildings in Koepenicker Strasse 40-41. What was once an important element of Berlin’s industrial era, will be converted into a new dynamic quarter.

On completion of EISWERK there will be public access to the banks of the Spree through the site. As part of the development concept for the area “Nördliche Luisenstadt”, the borough of Berlin-Mitte also plans the construction of an attractive river promenade.

Shifting ice blocks or ice floes inspired the architectural concept for EISWERK. The notion of their movement and continuously changing structures is echoed in the new office building.

The tenant concept of EISWERK foresees a mix of apartments, spaces for creative sectors and commercial entities. The intention is to create a communicative environment that promotes exchange and generates synergies.

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