The Kulturforum is a collection of cultural buildings in Berlin, Germany. It was built in the 1950s and 60s at the edge of West Berlin, after most of the once unified city's cultural assets had been lost behind the Berlin Wall. The Kulturforum is characterized by its innovative modernist architecture; several buildings are distinguished by the organic designs of Hans Scharoun, and theNeue Nationalgalerie was designed by Mies van der Rohe. Today, the Kulturforum lies immediately to the west of the redeveloped commercial node of Potsdamer Platz.

 

The University of Kentucky College of Design Architecture Studio in Berlin was an eight-week study abroad program led by Associate Professor of Architecture, Jason Scroggin. The design investigation focused on an exploration and analysis of the infrastructural framework of Berlin and the forces that define and shape it. Each participant was to propose a design proposal for Berlin's Kulturforum. Students proposed a series of design interventions that question the relationship between the urban object and the network of movement in a contemporary city.

scale: 1/16" = 1'0"

CONCEPT

THEORIES

lounge seating // bicycle rack // covered pergola

swing leisure area

lounge seating

KULTURFORUM INTERVENTION

This interactive installation focuses on creating gathering pockets for its users to explore in an otherwise industrial environment. As the existing lot is predominantly used as a breezeway for passersby, this plan creates a more personalized and intimate experience. An urban approach to the traditional German pastime of outdoor repose, the angular shapes throughout the space tie in the bold silhouettes of the buildings surrounding the Kulturforum. In terms of program, this environment is in the heart of a culturally enriched area; establishing a strong sense of community will lead to more opportunities for events and, in turn, more users.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

An internet cafe open to the public welcomes the highly populated surrounding business scene as a secondary work environment. A spacious amphitheater serves as a daily lounging spot or dog park, while also introducing the opportunity for event hosting Berlin’s weekend concerts, festivals, and markets. With ample space for bike parking, there is also the opportunity for bike repair and rental stations. Pop-up information stands educate users on the Kulturforum, creating a sense of place and territoriality.

 

This proposal can serve as a prototype that could be implemented throughout the city on a larger or smaller scale. Creating pockets of information or play could call attention to the significance of the Kulturforum even outside its territory.

built environment

pathways

greenspace

correlation

spacial diagram showing how this proposal could operate on a larger scale thorughout Berlin.

Biophilia theory

the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

 

Proxemic theory

the interrelated observations and theories of man’s use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture; intimate, personal, social and public.

 

Sense of place//territoriality

a place comes into existence when humans give meaning to a part of the larger, undifferentiated space. Giving a space an identity separates it from the undefined space that surrounds it.

 

Anthropometrics

the comparative study of human body measurements and properties; the measurement of the size and proportions of the human body.

 

Wayfinding

encompasses all of the ways in which people and animals orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place.

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