As flexible as possible, only as specific as necessary!

After numerous attempts to find a buyer and after years of temporary use, in 2018 the Berlin parliament decided to secure the former Münzprägeanstalt (Mint) as a permanent cultural and creative site. The building complex provides a great opportunity to create a unique cultural centre, and due to its particular architectural features is especially suited to serve as a place to produce and present music.

A budget of 35 million euro has been set aside from the Sondervermögen Infrastruktur der Wachsenden Stadt und Errichtung eines Nachhaltigkeitsfonds (SIWANA – Special Investment Assets for the Infrastructure of the Growing City and Creation of a Sustainability Fund) for the modernisation and expansion of the listed building. This decision formed the starting point for a participatory process, lasting from February to June 2019, that tackled the development of a utilisation concept for the Alte Münze. Made up of four workshops and three public forums, a group of 40 participants elaborated six recommendations, whereby the Leipzig Charta set the primary merits and aims and constituted the gateway for the statutes of a future operational management structure.

The occupancy profile defines the Alte Münze as a dynamic and urban location in which the production, organisation and presentation of art and culture meet and interact. The spatial capacities define which uses are most suitable for the various different parts of the building and the various rooms in the Alte Münze.

Together with the occupancy profile, these capacities form the basis for the compiling of the utilisation concept, on which the needs-assessed planning for the refurbishment can then take place. The design of the business and organisational structure sets the goal of a user-supported running of the Alte Münze, with a particular emphasis on the long-term securing of a cultural use with a public-interest-orientated operational management structure. In terms of financing, the group stipulated that acceptable average rents be charged to match cultural needs. In addition, specific suggestions were made as to how the further process could be shaped with participation in mind. The utilisation concept is planned to be implemented by 2026. The results of the participatory process have provided a key basis to make this achievable.


Together with, Urban Catalyst conceived and chaired the procedure.






Participatory Development of a Utilisation Concept

Berlin, Mitte
commissioned by Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berliner Immobiliengesellschaft GmbH (BIM)
Project partner, Berlin
Project TEAM Prof. Klaus Overmeyer, Dr. Cordelia Polinna, Philip Schläger, Sarah Oßwald, Julia Klink, Luca Mulé, Gian Marco Morini
TIMELINE 10/2018 – 10/2019



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