Bötzow Brewery

South-west elevation
South-east elevation

The site of the former Bötzow Brewery is situated within walking
distance of Berlin’s Alexanderplatz and Friedrichshain public park.
Since its initial opening in 1885, the Bötzow family attached great
importance to the running of a modern brewery. This is reflected in the
co-existence of the representative production yard together with a
public beer garden, which became a popular destination for excursions.
In 1886, the brewery was appointed purveyor to the royal court.
Following numerous extensions and conversions, the grounds were damaged
in parts during World War II, the entrepreneur’s villa and serving
building were completely eradicated. The Bötzow ensemble was left
extensively derelict for decades and was listed as a protected site in
1990.

Bötzow Brewery

The site of the former Bötzow Brewery is situated within walking distance of Berlin’s Alexanderplatz and Friedrichshain public park. Since its initial opening in 1885, the Bötzow family attached great importance to the running of a modern brewery. This is reflected in the co-existence of the representative production yard together with a public beer garden, which became a popular destination for excursions. In 1886, the brewery was appointed purveyor to the royal court. Following numerous extensions and conversions, the grounds were damaged in parts during World War II, the entrepreneur’s villa and serving building were completely eradicated. The Bötzow ensemble was left extensively derelict for decades and was listed as a protected site in 1990.

The masterplan for the site transforms Bötzow Berlin into a public destination within the city fabric again. Traces that use and time has left behind will be preserved. The existing buildings are being refurbished in close cooperation with the heritage authorities to accommodate their new functions. The evolution of the complex and the essential characteristics of Prussian industrial architecture as well as an evaluation of the extended building elements play a prominent role in this transformation. The historic vaults that establish the impressive, underground foundations of the former brewery will be linked at selected points with the world above, while the mysterious atmosphere below remains intact.

Where the original open-air garden was once situated, the grounds now open up to the city with a new, expansive beer garden. The natural topography of the site creates an intriguing spatial sequence towards the central square located to the rear of the beer garden. This square is framed by the historic buildings as well as three planned new buildings, which make reference in their placement to the former ensemble. The first four existing buildings, including the former boiler house, have adopted new functions and are in use since 2018. Ottobock, the medical technology company, and its innovation centre represent a pioneering location for research and production and create a new link between entrepreneurship and public life, perpetuating the brewery’s history of use. In a second building stage the remaining three buildings, including the horse stables, will be converted and refurbished. The historic storage halls will mainly be transformed into co-working spaces and the corresponding former brewery cellar is to house both a food market and space for art exhibitions.The masterplan furthermore encompasses four new buildings, which will round off the ensemble with residential, restaurant and retail spaces.

Project start:
2013
1st construction stage:
Haus 1 – 4 (Historic buildings)
Construction start:
2015
Completion:
2018
Gross floor area:
15,000 m2
2nd construction stage:
Haus 5 – 7 (Historic buildings)
Construction start:
2018
Completion due:
2021
Gross floor area:
17,000 m2
Client:
Bötzow Berlin GmbH & Co. KG
Architect:
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin