Building by Brandlhuber +, Brunnenstr. 9, Berlin, 2009 (Photo: Clemens Vogel)

 

On September 4th 2009 the gallery project KOW opened its doors at Brunnenstrasse 9 in Berlin-Mitte. The architecture office BRANDLHUBER + had constructed a remarkable building on the ruins of a failed early 90’s investment located accross from the Senate’s Department for Culture. The unconventional gallery spaces ranging over three floors were co-designed by Alexander Koch, Nikolaus Oberhuber, and the the gallerie's artists. The main exhibition space on the ground level programatically opens up to the city whenever exhibitions (and the weather) allow to open the tall doors to the street. When closed, these doors offer 26 squaremeters of surface for free poster announcements. Through a tall window at ground level pedestrians have visual access to the exhibitions spaces in the basement - and exhibition visitors can face the outside when looking up to the street. Brandlhuber's building became subject to substancial discussions and reviews. Here is a selection: SLAB MAG, ARCH+, BAUNETZ, FAZ, TAZ, TAGESSPIEGEL, ART. Brunnenstrasse 9 was featured at the ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE VENICE in 2012.


First Floor, view from the street (ANTIREPRESENTATIONALISM, 2009)


First Floor, doors open (ANTIREPRESENTATIONALISM, 2009)
 

View from the street into the basement (ANTIREPRESENTATIONALISM, 2009)
 

Basement (FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER, 2010)

First Floor, doors closed (BARBARA HAMMER, 2011)

 


Second Floor (MARIO PFEIFER, 2011)


First Floor (CADY NOLAND, SANTIAGO SIERRA, 2011)
 

Basement (BELIEVERS, 2012)
 


Basement (BELIEVERS, 2012)
 

Basement (ANTIREPRESENTATIONALISM, 2009)
 

Basement (BELIEVERS, 2012)

Photos: Alexander Koch