Actually this is not even on Kochstrasse, but continuing east along the road which used to be Oranienstrasse but I think has changed its name, at least at the western end, for the usual historico-political reasons that allow the Berlin senate to believe that they respect Berlin’s recent difficult history while actually being hellbent on the complete erasure of anything that might hint of anything that doesn’t fit with a cosy rightwing conservative heritage-based tourist-driven view of the past, grrr…
Where was I? Oh yes, another IBA building. It’s tucked into the corner of the block which is mainly the vast Bundesdruckerie (it’s a license to print money, ha, ha).
This is part of Block 24, and known as the “Alte Feuerwache” (“Old Firestation) – a centre for young people. Seems to work, as there were lots of cheerful looking young people there when I popped in, doing their young-people related activities. It’s a partial reconstruction and adaptation of existing buildings, with a big bridge sort of thing.
It’s not immediately obvious from the street – there’s an entrance at Lindenstrasse 40/41, with a cafe. The work is by Heinz-Jürgen Drews, in association with Architekturbüro Durchbruch and Ing-Gruppe Ökotec (power-heated-energy system) by the way.