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General Refurbishment of Haus der Berliner Festspiele – June 2020 to Winter 2022

For the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the penultimate phase of technical and energy-related general refurbishments, which began in 2010, started in June 2020 and is expected to be completed in winter 2022/23.

The building, based on designs by architect Fritz Bornemann and opened as the “Theater der Freien Volksbühne” in 1963, is one of the outstanding theatre buildings of post-war modernity and is under protection. There have been no major renovation measures since the building opened. In order to provide the high multi-functional demands of modern festival and touring operations required by Berliner Festspiele, which have been located in the building since 2001, out-of-date stage and maintenance technology were modernised between 2009 and 2011 with funds from the federal Stimulus Package II. Measures to upgrade the roof of the box office foyer with regards to energy-consumption and statics were carried out in the summer of 2018. In 2019, the eastern and western facades, the roof areas, the stage tower and the side stage were refurbished in accordance with regulations for the protection of historical buildings, and drainage facilities for the exterior areas were installed. Most recently, the remaining facades and the stage entrance have been refurbished, the ventilation system has been replaced and work in the interior is being continued. Currently, further work is being carried out in the front building, the Kassenhalle and on the outdoor facilities.

Despite the refurbishment measures the venue is open for events.

You can find impressions of the construction measures in our gallery.

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