History

Commissioned in November 1980, the Bridge Maintenance Office served as the headquarters for the inspection and maintenance of numerous structures, including 490 bridges on land and water. Viewed from the Spennrath Bridge, the building was constructed to resemble a ship's hull on the Seestraßen Island.

Brückenmeisterei
built 1978-1980 on the Seestraßen Island
Architect: Rainer G. Rümmler

Built in 1978 - 1980 as a functional building, the Brückenmeisterei was decommissioned in 2006 and remained vacant until 2012. Rümmler's attention to detail is reflected in the design of this pop architecture structure.

 

The detailed staircase inside the structure is dominated by a massive railing.

And in addition, the stairwell was covered with green tiles and red oversized lettering to designate each floor.

Construction phase Brückenmeisterei around 1979 on the Seestraßen Island in Berlin

 

2013 - Bridge maintenance centre before the reconstruction works

 

 

The former Brückenmeisterei, acquired by the current operator in 2013, was converted into an exclusive photo and film studio as well as a venue for events from the art and culture sector.

2013 - one of the factory halls before the conversion to studio 1

2013 - the eastern part of the building is almost gutted. The water-side openings were cut into the reinforced concrete.

The color scheme of the facade was changed from the original green to light grey. The red windows were retained.

 

2013 - the studio 1 after the renovation works

2013 - East view of the former bridge maintenance centre after the extensive reconstruction work

2013 - southwest view of the former bridge maintenance centre after the reconstruction works

The Brückenmeisterei, which was built between 1978 and 1980 on the Seestraßen Island in Moabit, was designed by the architect Rainer G. Rümmler, who was head of the design department and construction director of the Berlin Senate Building Administration until 1994. From the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s, he was also responsible for the design of almost all newly built subway stations in Berlin. In addition to these subway stations, he also designed, among other things, the fire stations in Kladow and Wannsee, as well as the Dreilinden service area, which is now a listed building and is classified as pop architecture.

 

Rainer G. Rümmler - Adenauerplatz underground station
opened 28. April 1978

Rainer G. Rümmler - U-Bhf Siemensdamm
opened 1. Oct. 1980

Rainer G. Rümmler differed from his predecessors in that he did not regard subway stations as purely functional buildings. Thus, "his" stations are to be regarded more as individual works of art, distinguished by special color accents and materials for the design of the surfaces. In this way, he wanted to use colors and shapes to create a relationship to the name of the respective station or even to the surroundings, which he certainly succeeded in doing.

 

Rainer G.Rümmler - Underground station Fehrbelliner Platz
opened 29. January 1971

Rainer G.Rümmler differed from his predecessors in that his underground stations were not simply functional buildings, but to be seen as unique artworks, which are distinguished through attractive colourful accents and materials on the surface. He wanted to relate the colours and forms of the surroundings with each individual station, in which he definitely succeeded.

With the "Dreilinden" building (former Allied Checkpoint Bravo), built from 1968 - 1973, Rainer G. Rümmler has created a monument to himself. A masterpiece of pop architecture.

 

Rainer G. Rümmler
2. July 1929 - 16. June 2004

It remains a mystery why there are still no publications on this outstanding representative of 70s pop architecture. Rainer G. Rümmler was far ahead of his time and deserves every appreciation.  His extraordinary buildings were often criticized (as is almost usual with groundbreaking architecture), but he stood behind each of his projects to the very end. On May 16, 2004, Rümmler passed away in Berlin at the age of 74.  He was buried in the "In den Kisseln" cemetery in Berlin-Spandau.