(Re)allocation Berlin: St. Agnes Church, from a brute to a beauty
KREUZBERG – Berlin is a city full of hidden art, the König Galerie/St. Agnes being one of these unknown treasures, transformed from a church into a museum where contemporary art is displayed. In a nutshell: a place every art lover should visit.
The König Galerie, located in an area without many cultural institutions, got transformed from a brutalist styled Christian church, formerly known as St. Agnes, to a contemporary art gallery in 2015.
The building was transformed from a brute to a beauty. The German heritage only allowed a minimal number of things to change inside the building, leaving the outside untouched. With an added floor, a new heating system and concealed pipes the building was still successfully brought back to life. The building is now divided in an office area and an exhibition area.
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Another – well known – reallocation in the neighborhood: Tresor
You can also find Berlin’s most respected and notorious underground techno club in Kreuzberg. With its rich history and amazing atmosphere, it quickly became a success.
Due to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, nightclubs started taking over the city like never before. Tresor was one of them, it instantly became a techno and party hotspot. The club was founded in March 1991 in the vaults of the former department store in Mitte, nearby Potsdamer Platz. It isn’t only a nightclub, they started out as a record label called Interfish at Ufo. After the record label closed, they decided it would be a smart move to create their own club. So they did, it quickly became a popular venue, that reconstructed and expanded several times over the years.
Techno was described as the perfect post-war music, it was seen as a protest against all the violence and a celebration of freedom. Due to the lack of control surrounding anything besides politics at the time, a lot of illegal parties were held on a daily. This all changed when East and West Germany got united by Tresor.
5 other must-see locations in Kreuzberg
Other than the St. Agnes Church and the underground techno club Tresor, Kreuzberg has a lot of hidden treasures. Here are a couple of them. Definitely worth a visit.
Text: Emma Aladin and Charlotte Haemels, pictures: Emma Aladin
Info König Galerie: Alexandrinenstr. 118–121, 10969 Berlin
T + 49.30.261 030 80
F + 49.30.261 030 811
Currently only online due to COVID-19
Info Tresor club: Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin
T +49 30 6953770
Currently closed due to COVID-19