Construction has been completed on the redevelopment of a Berlin film studio into offices, designed by Dutch architect MVRDV and Germany’s Hirschmüller Schindele Architekten.
The Berliner Union Film Ateliers, a white four-storey building built in the 1990s, is now Haus 1, a bright yellow office with a grand external staircase.
As well as the change of colour, the building has a rooftop pavilion made from cross-laminated timber modules, accessible by way of the stairs. The roof also contains native plants and rainwater collection facilities.
This is one of two buildings to be renovated as part of the Atelier Gardens community, which is located between Berlin’s Tempelhof and Neukölln districts. It was carried out for UK property develop Fabrix.
Jacob van Rijs, one of MVRDV’s founding partners, said: “The newly transformed Haus 1 is more than a gateway to this unique campus. It is a representation of the Atelier Gardens community and their commitment to chart a different vision of society – one that’s optimistic, yet radical and innovative.
“With this second project in our masterplan, we join them on this mission and invite more people to follow.”
Clive Nichol, the managing partner of Fabrix, said: “We have broadened the use of the campus from film and media to a diverse community of progressive impact organisations.
“Means-tested rent allows high-quality space to be provided more cheaply to start-ups, activist groups and NGOs, while established companies, who want to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of co-locating, are charged more.”