The new original: Vibrant and modern

Designer couple Kessler Kessler are the creative building consultants for No. 8 Schönhauser Allee and responsible for planning DCM’s office spaces.

Kessler Kessler is Franziska and Daniel Kessler – a married couple who have been working together for over 25 years at their studios in Zurich and Paris. Before founding their creative design consultancy agency for start-ups, companies and corporations, the German-Swiss couple already worked as a freelance team – she as a journalist and he as a photographer. Today, their portfolio also includes interior architecture and design for international hotels and private clients. Here at AchtBerlin, they are assisting the building’s owners as creative consultants and planners of DCM’s new office spaces.

“We love to create a vibrant atmosphere by orchestrating a variety of people and stories with their location. Our style is original meets modern.”

Much more than just a cinema

Anna Maske is making the AchtBerlin cinema a place of multiple possibilities.

Berlin architecture and design firm Maske + Suhren was founded in 1998 by Anna Maske and Jens Suhren. A passionate cinema architect, Maske is behind the design and furnishing of, for example, the ASTOR Film Lounges in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Now the AchtBerlin cinema, which is furnished in an elegant dark blue, also bears her signature. The 70 individual armchairs by Italian designer Poltrona Frau can be arranged in a variety of ways. The tiered space can also be quickly transformed into a level area, allowing it to be used for both film screenings and other occasions. Another unusual feature of the AchtBerlin cinema is the four windows, which let in natural light when desired.

Paul Polaris and Jan Dinnebier

Lighting created by Paul Polaris and Jan Dinnebier illuminates museums, theatres, government and office buildings, commercial buildings, city squares and streets.

At AchtBerlin, this brilliant duo is responsible for lighting the façade, the rooftop terrace, the basement-level atrium, the cinema, the studios, and even the open-plan offices and corridors.

“Lighting design should not dominate a room or a building. Our approach focuses on maximum functionality and user-friendliness. But you also need an aesthetic quality – and in our work this tends towards minimalism,” explains Jan Dinnebier.