The conversion of a 200+ metre long hall construction to a retail centre in compliance with historic preservation requirements has succeeded with a reduced and transparent upgrading, including complete renovation of the historic supporting structure.
Alongside the north-eastern S-Bahn ring in Prenzlauer Berg stands a landmarked hall construction from 1880. The former livestock auction hall formed part of the central Berlin stockyard and slaughterhouse. Following its conversion in accordance with best conservation practice, 130 years later the Stadler Zweirad-Center has established its Berlin subsidiary here. As the only one of its kind in Berlin, the impressive hall construction has been preserved in its original state, and today serves as an impressive witness to past industrial architecture. With its basilica form, raised central nave and nine side aisles, and thanks to its slim steel supporting structure of 320 cast iron pillars, despite its imposing size the hall has an extremely lightweight and filigree appearance.
The aim of refurbishment was to preserve the exceptional spatial effect and make it a lively experience for employees and customers alike. This was achieved with an extremely reduced and transparent refurbishment programme that called for the complete renovation of the historic supporting structure. The hall interior and new outer shell were designed in compliance with historic monument preservation specifications. At the same time, the developer’s needs for a change of use had to be taken into account.
New use for livestock auction hall"
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