Project: "The Kabbalah Centre"
Designer(s): GRAFT, United States
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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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 the Designer/Company
GRAFT was established in 1998 in Los Angeles, California by Lars Krueckeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit. Further offices followed in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and Beijing, China in 2004. GRAFT was conceived as a ‘Label’ for Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, Music and the “pursuit of happiness”. Since the firm was established, it has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects in multiple disciplines and locations. With the core of the firm’s enterprises gravitating around the field of architecture and the built environment, GRAFT has always maintained an interest in crossing the boundaries between disciplines and “grafting” the creative potentials and methodologies of different realities. This is reflected in the firm’s expansion into the fields of exhibition design and product design, art installations, academic projects and “events” as well as in the variety of project locations in Germany, China, UAE, Russia, Georgia, in the U.S. and Mexico, to name a few. Our collective professional experience encompasses a wide array of building types including Fine Arts, Educational, Institutional, Commercial and Residential facilities. The firm has won numerous international awards. With a staff of talented architectural professionals and administrators, GRAFT has the resources and technology necessary to execute a project from programming to design and through construction, including construction documents, construction administration, and governmental agency review phases. GRAFT has rigorously undertaken an increasing role in programming, master-planning and urban design. Additionally, our firm maintains successful relationships, as needed, with associate architectural and engineering firms and specialty consultants.