• Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station: Northern facade of Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station

    Northern facade of Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

  • Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station: The control room in 1928

    The control room in 1928 Copyright:BSW Gruppe Bahnstromanlagen S-Bahn, Bildarchiv

Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station

Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station on the RAW I site is a hidden architectural jewel. When the architect Richard Brademann designed the façade and interiors, he made strong references to the building’s function. Completed in 1928, the building is divided into a long High-Voltage Block and a Switching House. The octagonal Switchgear Station houses a control room with an oval ceiling light. This represents the heart of the system, and is one of the most important nodes in the Berlin S-Bahn network. It is from here that a small number of staff monitored the function of the S-Bahn rectifier stations.

From 1995 Deutsche Bahn successively replaced the old system with a computerised control centre, which since 2000 has controlled the entire electricity supply for the Berlin S-Bahn.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

BSW Stiftung – Gruppe “Bahnstromanlagen S-Bahn” (German)

Markgrafendamm reticifer in the Berlin Monument Database (German)

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