The Kabbalah Centre

ClientGRAFT Architects
Prize1st Place in Architecture Categories / Renovation
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Entry Description

GRAFT redevelops an entire ensemble in the vibrant heart of Berlin Schöneberg. It is here on the grounds of the listed former post office, built at the beginning of the 20th century, where the Kabbalah Centre of Berlin found its home. Situated on the third floor of a richly decorated cross building, visitors and guests enter the Kabbalah Centre through a spacious foyer which offers views to a spectacular historic 7.5m high coffered ceiling. The high room with its round arches has been freed from all the interim built fixtures, giving it back its generous hall effect. The coffered ceiling has been extensively excavated in order to experience the vast space in its full extent. The idea of the renovation is to experience the old and new architecture from different angles, while offering flexible small and intimate rooms as well as large and generous spaces.

About Designer

GRAFT was founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, California by Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, and Thomas Willemeit and operates internationally in the fields of urban development, architecture, and design. The hybrid office with further locations in Berlin and Beijing is characterized by its innovative and interdisciplinary design method and its futuristic design language.