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Phorms Berlin-Mitte

Transformation of a Wilhelminian industrial building to a private school

Project management for Kleyer Koblitz Letzel Freivogel architects, Berlin

Where AEG once produced in a Wilhelminian „industrial cathedral“, students now flit across the corridors. In six construction phases, the spaces required for the operation of a day-care centre, primary school, grammar school and sports halls were integrated into the formerly dreary halls. A parents‘ foyer, a cafeteria and a theatre hall round off the room programme for the 850 pupils.

Following the planned step-by-step growth of the schooI, the project was realized in several phases. I had the pleasure to manage the 1st to 4th phase of the project. The main task was to prepare the rooms for the school with few, skilfully applied means and to give it a characteristic face. The aim was also to regain the early industrial charm of the rooms, which had been lost in the 1980s as a result of many conversion measures – thus Phorms Berlin-Mitte became a school with loft character.

Images: Thorsten Klapsch