MVRDV reveals radical revamp of a historic film studio complex in Berlin

Rotterdam-based MVRDV has revealed details of a major adaptive reuse project in Berlin that’s the latest in a succession of recently announced large-scale German commissions. The Berlin project, a revamp of the historic Berliner Union Film Ateliers (BUFA) film and television studio complex on the southern fringe of the old Tempelhof Airport, is now officially moving forward after winning planning approval from the city to commence work on two major buildings on the nearly 6-acre campus. That encompasses a careful renovation (a “low-tech transformation” per the firm) of the nearly 100-year-old landmark Studio 1 and the more exhaustive transformation of a 1990s-era structure known as House 1.

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