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Tempodrom Berlin : Architecture
Tempodrom Building Berlin, Germany – design by Gerkan, Marg & Partners
5 Sep 2009
Location: Möckernstraße 10-25 (just southeast of Potsdamerplatz)
Date built: 2000-01
Design: Gerkan, Marg & Partners
Photos © Adrian Welch
This building is an event venue in Berlin. Founded by Irene Moessinger, it opened in 1980 next to the Berlin Wall on the west side of Potsdamer Platz, housed in a large circus tent. After several changes of location it is now housed in a permanent building in the Kreuzberg neighborhood.
Moessinger had recently become a nurse when she came into an 800,000 mark inheritance from her father; it was this bequest that she used to start the project in a circus tent. Her initial funds were quickly exhausted and the following year the Berlin Senate agreed to contribute funds to keep the operation going.
The original building location attracted noise complaints, and in 1985 it moved to a site in the Tiergarten, where it remained until displaced by construction of the new German Chancellery. At this time a new construction of the current building was proposed, and the tents moved to a temporary site during construction.
Buildings close by include:
Checkpoint Charlie Building by OMA to the north
Jewish Museum Berlin by Daniel Libeskind to the east
Location:Möckernstrasse 10-25, Berlin, Germany
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