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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