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Eiswerk Building in Berlin

26 Nov 2022

Design: GRAFT

Location: Berlin, Germany

Eiswerk Building Berlin Germany

Photos: Trockland, Noam Rosenthal

Eiswerk Building, Germany

In 2017, GRAFT was commissioned with the redevelopment and transformation of the former Eiswerk site, located between the Spree and Köpenicker Straße in Berlin’s Mitte district. GRAFT’s architecture focused on the redevelopment of the former cooling house and residential building and the part of the site situated on the Spree.

Eiswerk Building Berlin Germany

Today’s listed buildings of the residential and industrial complex have been built from 1909 on by Norddeutsche Eiswerke AG (North German Ice Works Company) as a production plant for artificial ice. The ice produced at the site was of fundamental importance to grocery markets and gastronomy for cooling food across Berlin and contributed to the industrial rise of the metropolis. After the arrival of electric refrigerators in homes and trade, the ice production was steadily reduced until the site was finally closed in 1995.

Eiswerk Building Germany

The building design’s core idea is to open up the heterogeneous area and provide a new public access to the Spree river from Köpenicker Straße, with all new and existing volumes built along this access route.

Eiswerk Building Germany

The revitalized building stock is complemented by a new residential volume with commercial units (Haus B) on Köpenicker Straße, which, with its graduated entrance portal, establishes a new access to the site. In addition to the existing 25 apartments in the historical building stock, this created 31 new apartments and two further commercial units.

Eiswerk Building Berlin Germany

The central building, the former cooling house, has been gutted, renovated and converted into a commercial premises with offices for a co-working space provider, thus complementing the flexible office units of the new volume.

Eiswerk Building Berlin

Towards the Spree, the new commercial premises (Haus A) creates a distinctive new landmark along the banks of the river. Horizontally “sliced” into four offset volumes whose heights are drawn from the proportions of the listed ice works building on the opposite, Haus A forms a contemporary counterpoint to the ice works, its shack-like façade taking up the two-story order of the historical structure. The resulting floors and terraces create a new breed of office building offering attractive working environments.

Eiswerk Building Berlin

Opening outwards to the Spree, a forecourt connects the various entrances and lobbies, conference areas, stores, restaurants, and accesses to the cultural facilities of the ice works and the ground floors of all buildings.

Eiswerk Building Berlin Germany

With Eiswerk, GRAFT created a heterogeneous inner-city quarter that sensitively complements the historical building stock with a contemporary complexity, turning the area around the old ice works into a unique intersection between the city and the Spree.

Eiswerk Building Berlin

Eiswerk Building Berlin

Eiswerk Building in Berlin, Germany – Building Information

Design: GRAFT – https://graftlab.com/en

Project size: 28000 sqm
Completion date: 2022

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Photographer: Trockland, Noam Rosenthal

Eiswerk Building, Berlin Germany images/information received 151122 from GRAFT Architects

Location: Berlin, eastern Germany, western Europe

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