We’ll drink to that
The Old Malthouse in Pankow is one of the greatest industrial heritage sites in Berlin. Built in 1874, it was used for the roasting of malt for the Schultheiß Brewery, whose success saw it undergo a series of extensions that created the impressive building it is today.
Prior to the restoration project, it had lain empty for 20 years. BuroHappold Engineering worked with the project team to refurbish the historic brick buildings and convert them into a high-end residential complex. We had to develop a fine understanding of the possibilities and limitations offered by the premises so that we could simultaneously preserve the delicate old structure and create quality new accommodation.
The refurbishment was carried out in close coordination with the State Heritage Office, which oversaw the correct use of materials and signed off our provision of modern fire safety strategies. Due to the differing uses of the rooms in the Malthouse during its former working life, the internal spaces varied considerably in size and condition. Instead of seeing this as a problem, we worked with this quirky layout to create gallery and mezzanine levels that maintained the inherent character and distinction of the building, while also producing some truly stunning interior features.
Approximately 100 new apartments were created in the Old Malthouse, complimented by the provision of attractive gardens in the space once occupied by the storage sheds in the building’s courtyard. This project revitalised a disused property, breathing new life into this beautiful historic structure.
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