• Rathenau Halls, former Transformatorenfabrik Oberspree: The Gable end was inspired by Peter Behrens’s AEG Turbine Factory

    The Gable end was inspired by Peter Behrens’s AEG Turbine Factory Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

  • Rathenau Halls, former Transformatorenfabrik Oberspree: The Rathenau Halls with their striking roof construction

    The Rathenau Halls with their striking roof construction Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

Rathenau Halls, former Transformatorenfabrik Oberspree

The gigantic complex of factories at the heart of the former Transformatorenwerk Oberspree (TRO) is known today as the Rathenau Halls. The ensemble of buildings built between 1898 and 1941 originally belonged to Deutsche Niles-Werkzeugmaschinen-Fabrik. After the First World War AEG (Allgemeine Elektricitäts Gesellschaft) took over the site and constructed additional notable buildings. During the East German period VEB Transformatorenwerk used many of the industrial buildings. After reunification the operation returned to AEG ownership, but was soon insolvent.

Today artists and creative professionals use many of the smaller rooms as workspaces. The larger spaces tend to be rented out temporarily for events such as fashion shows and video shoots.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

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Plans: Regionalmanagement Berlin Schöneweide (German)

Rathenau Halls in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

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