New city district on the grounds of the Tacheles
A few days ago, the foundation stone for the new district was laid on the grounds of the former Art House Tacheles. According to plans by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, residential and commercial buildings are to be built on the site by 2023.
According to plans by architect Franz Ahrens, a five-story passage between Friedrichstraße and Oranienburger Straße is being built from 1907 to 1908. The Friedrichstrasse Passage, opened in 1909, is one of the first large-scale buildings constructed of reinforced concrete. Partially destroyed during the Second World War, it is used by various state institutions of the GDR after 1945. In 1980, part of the preserved building is demolished, including the imposing dome. Shortly before the demolition of the remaining parts, the artist initiative Tacheles occupied the grounds on 13.02.1990. Studios, workshops, a cinema, bars and exhibition rooms emerge in the following years. The Tacheles becomes a symbol of the new, exciting, up-and-coming Berlin of the 1990s. On 04.09.2012 the area will be finally cleared and the end of the Kunsthaus Tacheles sealed.