Feature, 06.12.2018

Frizz23 – a building cooperative for education creative business and temporary living in Berlin

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© Photo: Jan Bitter, Sketch: Deadline Architekten

The completion of Frizz23 in Kreuzberg marks a milestone and a stroke of good fortune in Berlins real estate politics. This cooperative building demonstrates the possibilities of bottom-up urban development how it can be constructive and successful when the lead is taken by citizens and local actors.

Frizz23 combinenon-profit education, small creative businesses and temporary residences under a single cooperative building venture. In a tireless process of interchange with local actors, the district authorities and the Berlin Senate, the initiators FORUM Berufsbildung and Deadline Architects along with the building groups forty-two members have created a diverse structure, that is more than just another private facility for investor-owners fromthe creative class: The education offered here is accessible to everyone, including low-income segments of society. Frizz23 is an attempt to counteract the impending gentrification of this area and project an image of another Berlin.