Constant change characterises the city. You can also find this development in the DNA of the R.A.W. site: After more than a hundred years of industrial use, parts of the site have been providing a home for artistic, cultural and commercial activities since the beginning of the 21st century. Due to the considerable amount of fallow land here, in the centre of Berlin, the dialogue process on the future orientation of the site is intended to tie in with its decades-long function as a central, mixed-use quarter of 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 today´s 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.
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 sufficient space in the heart of the city for a wide range of uses in the areas of art, culture, music, parties 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 further develop 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.
The Kurth Group's first building project on the site is the House of Music. In 2017, the renovation work began on one of the oldest industrial halls in Berlin, the Radsatzdreherei. The building was in ruinous condition: No roof, hardly any window glass, partly broken ceilings - complete wilderness of the building. In 2019, around 4500 m² of space for creativity, education, art and culture opened up here. Noisy Musicworld from Warschauer Straße was able to find a new home as a tenant from the Kiez at the Radsatzdreherei and opened 23 rehearsal rooms in the HoM.
The project is a long-term development for the company's own portfolio.