Competitions organiser Start for Talents has launched an ideas contest for a new residence for artists in Berlin
Open to students and architects under 40, the competition has been launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
The competition seeks proposals for a new artists’ residence which will stand as a ‘symbol of reconstruction’ within the city’s artistic Fredrichshain district.
According to the brief: ‘In memory of the twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barrier that divided the party to Soviet influence from the US during the Cold War years, we want to focus on one of the neighborhoods that, in the last decade, is undergoing a clear growth phase.’
The brief continued: ‘The Fredrichshain is an area that is close to the River Spree and the past dividing curtain of which are still visible most of the remains. It is the district where the old buildings are being renovated and where the rental prices are still very low, which is why many have moved to this area.’
‘Over time it has become the artists’ quarter and is being one of the most active cultural vanguards of Europe. We want to imagine a new residence for artists, an ideal hinge at the back of the wall, at the impressive Oberbaum bridge, which could become an important pole of aggregation.
‘It is here that artists from all over the world will gather to participate in the change that is leading the Berlin of the twentieth century which will become the symbol of the reconstruction.’
The five-storey building will occupy a 4,000m² plot between Schlesischen Street and the Oberbaum bridge (pictured).
Proposals must include a reception, bedrooms, dining rooms, common areas and green parking areas.
The overall winner team – set to be announced on 1 June – will receive around £370 for each participant.
The deadline for submissions is 11 May.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information