Aisslinger’s Eclectic Touch Weaves Through the Fotografiska Museum in Berlin

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Studio Aisslinger’s Fotografiska Museum has officially opened its doors in Berlin. Located in the rooms of the former Kunsthaus Tacheles art center in the Mitte district, the museum is the fourth location for Fotografiska, with other branches in Stockholm, Tallinn, and New York. The museum spans 5,500 square meters and features multiple rooms for exhibitions, events, gastronomy, conferences, and co-working.

The interior design by Studio Aisslinger pays homage to the building’s historical features while adding new layers of design. The building, originally a department store that opened in 1909, is listed, and the graffiti artwork from the tenure of Kunsthaus Tacheles has been preserved.

The history of Fotografiska Tacheles dates back to 1990 when the Tacheles artists’ initiative occupied the building before its scheduled demolition. The building, formerly known as Friedrichstraße Passage, had faced partial demolition in the 1980s and had been repurposed multiple times before being saved by the Tacheles group. Tacheles became synonymous with the building, transforming it into a space for expression and dialogue.

Since the final sale of the building in 2014, efforts have been made to revitalize the complex while preserving its historic elements. Studio Aisslinger’s task was to establish a bridge between the building’s history and the new era of Fotografiska. The interior design achieves this balance by maintaining the integrity of the existing structure while adding new elements. The design incorporates wood, natural stone, exposed concrete, steel, decorative fabrics, velvet, and plants to create a sensory experience that blends different time periods.

The Fotografiska Museum Berlin offers a unique experience for visitors, staying open until 11 pm and combining exhibition tours with dining and drinking options. The museum includes a restaurant, two bars, a bakery, a café, and a shop on the ground floor, creating a connection with the neighborhood. The hybrid concept allows the museum to sustain itself without relying on public funding.

Studio Aisslinger’s design for Fotografiska Museum Berlin brings new life to a historic building, embodying the spirit and creative energy of post-reunification Berlin. The museum aims to embrace the past while looking towards the future in a casual and Berlin-style way, according to studio founder Werner Aisslinger.

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