HERING façade elements for Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The Haus der Berliner Festspiele / ‘House of the Berlin Festvial’ is one of the most famous buildings ever designed by Berlin architect Fritz Bornemann, one of the most outstanding architects during the post-war period. The present-day building that’s home to the Berliner Festspiele (Berlin Festival) was built as the ‘Theater der Freien Volksbühne’ (‘Theatre of the People’s Free Stage) near the Kurfürstendamm at the same time that the Berlin Wall was being erected; it was opened in 1963. The theatre building is one of the most outstanding examples of post-war modernism and is a listed structure.

Now, almost 60 years later, the façade is being renewed within the scope a comprehensive renovation project and HERING Architectural Concrete | HAC received a request last year to supply the architectural concrete panels. Due to the fact that the building is listed, cooperation with the historic monuments protection authority and the general contractor was particularly important and accordingly intensive.

The high multifunctional demands that the festival and guest performances place on the theatre’s operation also needed to be taken into account.
After many coordinating meetings with the historic monument protection authority and the general contractor, our HAC team arrived at a solution that best meets the demands on appearance and functionality that the façade elements need to satisfy: HAC was as a result able to convince with grey exposed aggregate concrete and supplied around 155 square metres of grey façade elements for the sections around the stage entrance.

A truly unique project and a great collaboration with the client!


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