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Frizz23 Building / Deadline

  • 16:00 - 10 September, 2019
  • Curated by María Francisca González
Frizz23 Building / Deadline
Frizz23 Building / Deadline, © Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

© Jan Bitter © Ana Santl © Jan Bitter © Ana Santl + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Friedrichsstraße 23, 23a, 23b, 10969 Berlin, Germany
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Britta Jürgens, Matthew Griffin
  • Area

    9324.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Site Supervision

    Bollinger + Fehling Architekten GmbH Landscape Architecture: Planung.Freiraum,
  • Berlin Structural Planning

    Eisat Gmbh, Berlin
  • HVAC

    Plaschka Gmbh, Berlin
  • Facade Technic

    Priedemann Fassadenberatung Gmbh, Berlin
  • Fire Protection

    KLW Ingenieure Gmbh, Berlin
  • Building Physics

    MF Dr. Flohrer Beratende Ingenieure Gmbh, Berlin
  • Clients

    FORUM Berufsbildung e.V., represented by Sibylle Miram and Dr. Helmut Riethmüller FrizzZwanzig GbR, represented by Arno Löbbecke, Sonja Beeck and Jürgen Willinghöfer Miniloft Kreuzberg GbR, Britta Jürgens and Matthew Griffin
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© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

Text description provided by the architects. The completion of Frizz23 in Kreuzberg marks a milestone and a stroke of good fortune in Berlin’s real estate politics. This cooperative building demonstrates the possibilities of bottom-up urban development – how it can be constructive and successful when the lead is taken by citizens and local actors. For years, the plots of land surrounding a former wholesale flower market known as the ‘Blumengrossmarkt’ were highly coveted.

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter

Following Berlin’s reunification, the fragmented and exciting urban zone between Friedrichstrasse and the Jewish Museum has been home to a number of different galleries, pop-up shops, retail outlets, and social initiatives. Yet after the departure of the flower market, the Berlin state government decided that rather than awarding the properties to the highest bidder it would award them to the most convincing concept – a decision influenced by the efforts of FORUM Berufsbildung, a vocational training NGO based in the area for many years, and the subsequent advocacy of a citizens’ initiative.

© Ana Santl
© Ana Santl

Frizz23combines non-profit education, small creative businesses and temporary residencesunder a single cooperative building venture. In a tireless process of interchange with local actors, the district authorities and the Berlin Senate, the initiators FORUM Berufsbildung and Deadline Architects along with the building group’s forty-two members have created a structure that houses, in addition to FORUM Berufsbildung and a small guest house, a large variety of artists, musicians, authors, illustrators, editorial staffs, agents, bicycle repair workshops, upcycling studios, and a collective gallery under a single roof.

2nd floor plan
2nd floor plan
5th floor plan
5th floor plan

One of the core aspects of their concept is that this building is more than just another private facility for investor-owners of the creative class: the education offered here is accessible to everyone, including low-income segments of society. Frizz23 is an attempt to counteract the impending gentrification of this area and project an image of another Berlin.

© Ana Santl
© Ana Santl

In keeping with the three-part structure of the building cooperative, Frizz23 is split into three different sections that form a staggered block. Its facade, made of blue aluminium panels and charred wood, knits the building together into a whole. FORUM Berufsbildung, located on the western side of the building and facing Friedrichstrasse, features seminar rooms and event spaces spread out over five floors. On the east side, facing a small square, a seven-storey tower houses the “Miniloft” apartments and a café.

Section A
Section A

Situated between these is the middle structure, split into custom units containing the creative offices. These units are distributed across the building in a way to accommodate a large variety of uses also over the long-term. Units range from single-storey mini-studios and large open offices all the way to three-storey live-work spaces. Each is tailored to the individual needs of its owners.

© Ana Santl
© Ana Santl

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Cite: "Frizz23 Building / Deadline" 10 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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