Construction work on Kulturmanufaktur, a new cultural centre in East Berlin’s Lichtenberg district, kicks off in 2015 and is scheduled to be finished by 2016. The project to adapt the function and superstructure of two rows of houses for the centre was developed by architects from Poznań's Easst.com studio.
The Easst.com studio was set up by Marcin Sucharski and Łukasz Sterzyński, architecture graduates from Poznań. They design both interiors and buildings, from single family houses to vast urban facilities. The architects say they want their work to be sensuous and in harmony with the atmosphere of a place. They also pay a lot of attention to the materials used. Simplicity is the principle – clear forms and not too much ornamentation.
Kulturmanufaktur will serve as an artists' workshop and studio space, tailored to the needs of various artistic disciplines such as painting, music and film. The project’s industrial design corresponds with the spirit of the Lichtenberg district. The architects had to design a practical connection between the two rows of houses. Plaster was removed from the original buildings and corten steel was used for the superstructural elements. The basements will be turned into bars and a restaurant will open on the ground floor. Part of the courtyard between the buildings will be covered with a canopy, giving more space to the users of the centre.
The Kulturmanufaktur complex is set to open by 2016.
For more information, visit the architect’s website.
Authored by: Anna Cymer, July 2014
Translated by Kasia Dolato, July 2014