Thomas Kröger is the architect behind the new building at No. 8 Schönhauser Allee.
From an early age, Thomas Kröger knew he wanted to be an architect when he grew up. When he grew up he would draw very detailed houses as a way of imagining himself in other worlds. So naturally, he went on to study architecture. After graduating, he gained valuable experience with some of the best in the business, including with Norman Foster in London and Max Dudler in Berlin. Today, Kröger is himself one of Germany’s best-known and most innovative architects. He describes his role by saying: “It’s not about me, it’s always about the place.” But the truth is that without Thomas Kröger, many exciting places would not exist – including AchtBerlin, which is an excellent showcase of his talent.
Andreas Hierholzer is the architect responsible for converting the old building at AchtBerlin.
Andreas Hierholzer studied architecture in Florence, Los Angeles and Darmstadt, and has been working with his team on various projects in Berlin for around 25 years. His speciality is restoring listed buildings – such as the legendary “Villa Goldschmidt” in Potsdam, which is a remarkable testament to German history from the early 19th century up to Reunification in 1990. At AchtBerlin, Hierholzer and his team are responsible for the restoration and renovation of the old building at No. 8 Schönhauser Allee. This was built by government architect Hoepfner from 1911 to 1912 as a prestigious residential, commercial and factory complex. The building’s side wings were destroyed during air raids in the Second World War.
Die Landschaftsarchitekten von Man Made Land
2010 von Christian Bohne, Anna Lundquist und Alexandre Mellier gegründet, widmet sich “Man Made Land” Landschaftsarchitektur, Städtebau und Urban Design. Atmosphärisch dichte, grüne Lösungen für das urbane Spannungsfeld zu schaffen ist stets ihr Anliegen. Auch bei der AchtBerlin geht es darum eine nachhaltige eigene Identität und eine Koexistenz von Natur und Bau zu schaffen: Auf der Dachterrasse, in den Höfen, vor den Fenstern, in den Büros und Fluren entstehen neue, grüne Welten.
“Bei einer dicht bebauten Umgebung wie in der Schönhauser Allee versuchen wir den Anteil von urbanem Grün so weit wie nur irgend möglich zu vergrößern, draußen und drinnen,” beschreibt Christian Bohne die Aufgabe.