Areas in the city center are being developed, new neighborhoods are emerging – the city is marked by constant change. This development is also part of the DNA of the R.A.W. site: after more than a hundred years of industrial use, parts of the site have accommodated artistic, cultural and commercial activities since the beginning of the 21st century. Due to the considerable amounts of fallow land here, in the center of Berlin, the dialogue process concerning the future of the site should build on its decades-long function as the central and mixed-use district in the functional city. The unused parts of the property should generate workspaces, educational facilities and spaces that cater for a variety of needs and wants of todays society. In this way the area can again become an important contact point for people not only in the district, but from all over Berlin and beyond its borders.
Berlin-Friedrichshain is also part of the extensive transformation process that the metropolis Berlin has undergone over the last several decades. The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district has shown strong development in recent years and is not only home to a large number of new residents, but has also developed a wide range of different uses. These include, among others, R.A.W.’s facilities on the former industrial wasteland left by the former Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (National Railway Repair Works) of 1867.
When we bought large parts of the R.A.W. site in April 2015, we did so deliberately, because the history of this place plays an important role for us. We acquired the R.A.W. site because it offers enough space in the heart of the city for a range of uses in the fields of art, culture, music, party and leisure. However, the DNA of the site also means that it has provided jobs for decades, was a training center and thus an important point of contact for people in the district and beyond. We want to preserve, promote, restore and expand this multi-layered DNA as best we can.
For us, development means supplementing existing offers in a meaningful way, remedying problems, securing qualitative existing buildings, using brownfields and closing structural gaps so as to preserve the R.A.W. site and, at the same time, continue the R.A.W.`s history and perpetually update. In order for this to succeed, it is important to carry out the planning process and, above all, to involve those who are particularly interested in the R.A.W. site’s future, such as residents, interested Berliners, district representatives as well as cultural experts, local interest groups and, of course, our long and short-term tenants on the site.
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