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re By preserving historical elements that speak to the building’s history, the

And Stenger’s favourite part of the reimagined building? They can be found at its highest points: the roof and the 80-meter high

design is purposeful and deliberate in its intention.

chimneys. “We cut holes into them so that guests could enter and look outwards through them. And the lower roof was used as a terrace for the restaurant, offering views spanning the Alps in the distance. It was important to us to create access points to

reimagine

all these previously hidden parts of the building.”

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“We wrote a drama or a storyline throughout the building. You’re free to leave the path, but it’s meant to guide your experience in and through the space.”

Kraftwerk’s primary tenant is KARE, a furniture manufacturer

The name Kraftwerk is a befitting one for a building like this;

who occupies the first six of the building’s twelve storeys. Using

a clever portmanteau of the German words for power (Kraft)

the way the space is operated as an open-ended experiment,

and work and achievement (Werk). The building has become a

KARE offers the public a source of innovative design ideas,

testament to the possibility of life after death. Originally brought

and an immersive experience in the reimagined environment.

down by extenuating factors, a victim of circumstance and bad

Photographic exhibitions, restaurants, beautiful outdoor terraces

timing, Kraftwerk’s reimagining at the hands of Stenger and

and kids corners are available to the public to use, rendering the

his team, allowed the building to craft its own triumphant

former power plant useful to its community at long last.

reemergence back into the landscape and heart of Munich.

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Reimagine Magazine | Issue 6  

reimagine inspires owners of aging buildings to consider how these assets can be modified to enhance the urban streetscape, the workplace an...

Reimagine Magazine | Issue 6  

reimagine inspires owners of aging buildings to consider how these assets can be modified to enhance the urban streetscape, the workplace an...