The following itinerary lists a range of museums, galleries, buildings and design projects which we plan to visit. Many are accessible to the public, but some require special permission, which may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in museum opening hours and privately hosted visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches and evening meals as indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch, and D=evening meal.
Berlin - 9 nights
Day 1: Tuesday 17 September, Arrive Berlin
- Airport transfer for participants arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
- Orientation Walk
- Dinner at the Pauly Saal Restaurant
Group members arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight will transfer to our hotel after clearing customs. If you are arriving independently, please make your own way to the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt.
In the afternoon, we take an orientation walk of the Mitte District including the Hackescher Markt with its flagship stores for contemporary international and Berlin-based designers and the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße.
We end the day with a Welcome Dinner at the Pauly Saal Restaurant. This Michelin-starred restaurant wows diners with a truly unique setting; it is housed in the former gymnasium of a Bauhaus-era Jewish girls’ school and includes custom designed Murano chandeliers and eye-catching art by Cosima von Bonin and Daniel Richter. It features dishes with distinctive flavours by chef Arne Anker who was sous-chef of ‘The Jane’ in Antwerp, the culinary laboratory at triple-Michelin starred Sergio Herman. (Overnight Berlin) D
Day 2: Wednesday 18 September, Berlin
- Guided tour by local architect visiting the Deutscher Bundestag Dome, Reichstag & government area, DZ-Bank (exterior), Pariser Platz
- Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Kulturforum
We depart early this morning and travel by public transport to the Unter den Linden, Berlin’s most famous boulevard, and walk towards the Brandenburg Gate. We first visit the Deutscher Bundestag (parliament), with one of the most interesting constructions in Europe. Sir Norman Foster designed an extraordinary glass dome to replace that destroyed in the Reichstag Fire (1933) and from which visitors gain a wonderful panorama of the city. Across the road at the Pariser Platz we visit the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao – Frank Gehry’s fabulous DZ-Bank, a spectacular contemporary building that contrasts dramatically with the stately architecture of the Brandenburg Gate. It reflects the explosion of imaginative architecture that is transforming the old imperial city.
We walk through the Tiergarten to the Musical Instruments Museum Musikinstrumentemuseum designed by Hans Scharoun which still is in the original design. Here we enjoy lunch at the Sim Café.
This afternoon we take with a guided tour of the nearby Kunstgewerbemuseum which houses an important collection of applied arts and crafts including outstanding collections of fashion and design. Exhibits include magnificent reliquaries made of gold and precious gemstones, exquisite vases of glass and porcelain, finely embroidered textiles, ornate inlaid furniture and complete sets of wall paneling such as the Chamber of Mirrors from Schloss Wiesentheid, as well as classic examples of modern industrial design. The fashion gallery displays approximately 130 costumes and as many accessories, dating from the 18th century to the present day, with exclusive clothing of Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. (Overnight Berlin) BL
Day 3: Thursday 19 September, Berlin
In Charlottenburg, we begin by visiting the apartment building containing Frank Leder’s studio. Leder is one of a new wave of fashion designers who are crafting high-end tailored garments for the modern man.
“With traditional cuts and the use of vintage trimmings, Frank seeks to create and convey a sense of ‘Germaneness’ in his work and has developed a select and loyal following”. Leder studied fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, gaining an MA with distinction. While studying he sold his works with Loden Schneiders. He later became Art Director and Stylist for fashion lines in ID: Magazine, Sleaze, Qvest and other magazines. In 2000 he set up his own label, ‘Frank Leder’, in London, and a year later the sub-label ‘Raw Power’ with his business partner Michael Ellis. Since 2003 he has contributed designs to Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
To celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 2019, the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung closed in early 2018 for an expansive renovation and expansion project. The existing building, designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, is to be renovated in accordance with historic monument requirements and will be extended with the addition of a new building. The temporary location of Bauhaus- Archiv recently opened in the Hardenberg House and includes an information centre, a gallery and event area and the bauhaus-shop, which we will have time to visit. The Hardenberg House, a listed building designed by the architect Paul Schwebes, is considered one of the most important office and commercial buildings of post-war modernism in West Berlin.
We hope to spend the afternoon with interior designer and colour consultant Anne Schültz, long-time resident of Berlin. Anne Schültz , author of the design blog AnneLiWest will take us on a visit of projects she designed including the apartment of fashion consultant Tatjana Sprick in Kreutzberg, the family home-office of the artist Sabine Dehnel and the designer Andreas Berlin in a former barracks building in Schöneberg. Andreas Berlin designed his own sofa, small tables and shelf sculptures. We finish the day with a visit to Anne Schültz’s “Stadtalm” – her own city apartment in Mitte. The “Stadtalm” is a small attic converted into a mini-loft, with a stunning steel staircase that leads to the bedroom. (Overnight Berlin) B
Day 4: Friday 20 September, Berlin
This morning we transfer to the Welter Manufaktur. Founded by Ulrich Welter, his team of designers and product developers create high quality, hand-made wallpaper and wall-panels, using a wide selection of high-quality materials including gold metal-leaf, beads, crystals and minerals. Welter is particularly famous for their wide selection of gold and precious metal wallpaper. “Welter’s designers use genuine metal-leaf, consisting of very thinly beaten metal squares. They lay it by hand onto the wallpaper. The distinctive feature of these surfaces is the faint visibility of the applied gold-leaf squares and the captivating metal sheen. Apart from metal-leaf, also gold-leaf, silver, copper and palladium are used to produce some extraordinary wallpaper. By using a special technique, the Welter-team manages to combine the sheen of precious metal with raw colour structures”.
This afternoon, German-American architect, industrial designer and artist Philipp Mohr will welcome us at his loft and home base in Berlin. Mohr studied architecture and fine arts at the Bauhaus Weimar, Cooper Union New York, and Polytechnic University Milan. In 1991, he founded Philipp Mohr Design Studio LLC, a Berlin and Brooklyn based creative collective of visionaries with a range of 1-20 artists, designers, architects and copyrighters. In collaboration with artists and designers such as Tobias Wong, Desi Santiago, Ju$t Another Rich Kid, Robert The and others, Mohr and his team have created exhibitions and art objects displayed at the Louvre in Paris, MoMA, SF MoMA, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Collette Paris/ Tokyo, Moss/ New York and Costume National in SoHO/ New York. During our visit, Philipp Mohr will talk to us about his work. He will also take us also on a private visit of the apartment he renovated in Le Corbusier Unité d’Habitation. The interior was designed to be identical to the original Le Corbusier’s Unité in Marseilles, regarded as one of the most influential Brutalist buildings of all time.
Today’s final site visit takes place in Bocci 79, the satellite headquarters of Canadian lighting brand Bocci, housed in a previously disused 19th-century courthouse. The 44-room building, renovated by architects Grüntuch-Ernst, is now decorated with experimental lighting and pieces from the 10-year-old design brand’s archive. “The six-storey atrium is filled with a hanging installation that contains multiple pendant lights, surrounded by silver bundles that resemble coral. Individual rooms in the building feature different pieces, including a tree-shaped sculpture with circular lighting panels held on the end of branches, and a cloud of globular lights (Dezeem.com). Founder Omer Arbel established Bocci in 2005. The company is best known for its 28 Series pendant light, which it has used to create a variety of installations including a giant colourful chandelier at London’s V&A museum. (Overnight Berlin) BL
Day 5: Saturday 21 September, Berlin – Dessau – Berlin
- Bauhaus Museum Dessau (subject to opening in 2019)
- Bauhaus Building: School Building and Permanent Exhibition (Walter Gropius, 1926)
- Masters’ Houses (Walter Gropius, 1926)
- Kiosk (Mies van der Rohe, 1932)
This morning we transfer to Dessau where we spend the day visiting the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listed Bauhaus buildings and Masters’ Houses. Between 1919 and 1933 the Bauhaus School, based first in Weimar and then in Dessau, revolutionized architectural and aesthetic concepts and practices. The buildings put up and decorated by the school’s professors (Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Wassily Kandinsky) launched the Modern Movement, which shaped much of the architecture of the 20th century.
We first visit the new Bauhaus Museum, located in the Bauhaus building, which combines functionalism with an outstanding architectonic quality, using modern materials such as glass and reinforced concrete. Originally a school of design, it currently houses the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Our guided tour includes the permanent exhibition, Walter Gropius’ room, and the Bauhaus stage, canteen and dormitory.
Designed by Walter Gropius in 1926, the Masters’ Houses are the Bauhaus’ outstanding architectural achievements. Their influential white cubic forms and complex flow of space between interior and exterior also reflect the debate over modernist standardisation in housing construction. They are famous as homes and studios of eminent Bauhaus artists like Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee or Wassily Kandinsky.
The refreshment kiosk near the Masters’ Houses was the only building realised by the third Bauhaus director Mies van der Rohe. The kiosk was not designed as a standard pavilion, but built into the two-metre-high garden wall surrounding the Gropius House. Demolished in 1962 it was replaced by a fence. With the repair of the Masters’ Houses (2014) by Berlin-based architects BFM the kiosk, also restored, returned to its original function, reduced to its pure form in a contemporary interpretation. (Overnight Berlin) BL
Day 6: Sunday 22 September, Berlin
- Architectural tour of the Jewish Museum
- Guided tour König Galerie
This morning we take a guided tour of Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, arguably the most significant example of contemporary architecture in Berlin, noted for its unique architecture and exhibition layout, which have led to a radical new understanding of museum design worldwide.
The nearby König Galerie, founded by Johann König in 2002, currently represents 30 international, established and emerging artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography and performance. The gallery has successfully placed works in a variety of private and public collections, including New York’s MoMA and the Guggenheim Foundation. The artists represented have solo exhibitions with institutions worldwide and are regularly shown in prestigious group exhibitions such as Documenta and the bienniales in Venice, Berlin and New York. (Overnight Berlin) BD
Day 7: Monday 23 September, Berlin
Our first visit this morning is to Esther Bruzkus studio, Berlin-based architecture and interior design firm. “Straight lines, precise planning, material contrasts – and plenty of surprises. The architecture of Ester Bruzkus and her team makes use of contrasts of thick and thin, sharp and soft, curved and straight, rough and smooth, common and opulent, colorful and restrained, playful and well-resolved.”
Next, we visit the Sammlung Hoffmann, a private art collection housed in a two-storey converted sewing machine factory in the heart of Berlin. Erika Hoffmann and her late husband Rolf Hoffmann have been collecting contemporary art in their home and workspace for over 40 years. The collection features contemporary works of art in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and video. Amidst their treasure trove are pieces by Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, and German sculptor Isa Genzken. Erika regularly rearranges the collection, to keep things fresh. Some of the works of art are put back into storage, while others are simply moved to another room. Works from the depot are joined by relevant new acquisitions.
Lunch today will be at LA Poke, a new restaurant specialised in Hawaiian-style Poke Bowls, designed by Esther Bruzkus Architekten. The designers drew their inspiration for the interior from Hockney’s 1967 painting A Bigger Splash and “the chill mood of the American West Coast”. Using color and material contrasts, the architects playfully toy with horizon lines, framed vistas and surprising one’s expectations. Ester Bruzkus Architekten also designed the lightweight furniture that fills the space, to further emphasise a relaxed, pool-side atmosphere.
We enjoy some time at leisure. We end our day with a private evening at the atelier of fashion and textile designer Esther Perbandt. Esther was “born and raised in Berlin, toughened in Moscow and polished in Paris”. She completed a European Master’s degree in Fashion and Textile Design in Paris and a post-graduate study at the Institut Français de la Mode. Running her signature label since 2004, the avant-garde designer has proven herself a staying power on national and international markets. Her designs are distinctive, idiosyncratic and a hundred percent authentic. Esther will welcome us at her Berlin Mitte based shop and adjoining atelier, and talk about her background, visions and philosophy, cooperation with artist and musicians, and links between fashion and architecture in her work. (Overnight Berlin) BL
Day 8: Tuesday 24 September, Berlin
Today we visit New Tendency – one of Germany’s most sought after young design studios. In Bauhaus tradition, New Tendency creates products characterized by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form. The collection of furniture and accessories, developed under the creative direction of Manuel Goller, consists of original products as well as collaborations with selected designers and architects such as Clemens Tissi amongst others. The company has featured in numerous international publications including Wallpaper and Casa Vogue. Their work includes the design of the Dutch eyewear brand Ace & Tate’s flagship store in Berlin Mitte, furniture for the Berlin Showcase apartment developed by Freunde von Freunden magazine in collaboration with Magis, and a set of graphically-shaped stools for the Hotel Wallpaper bar.
Then we transfer to Friedrichshain, the punky end of Kreuzberg, where we visit Halle am Berghain, today a techno club, concert and performance venue redeveloped by Karhard Architects. Halle am Berghain used to be the workers canteen of a district heating plant.
After the visit, we pause for lunch at Bierhof Rüdersdof, a beer garden and café open during the summer months, located right next to the Halle am Barghain. The remain of the day is at leisure. (Overnight Berlin) B
Day 9: Wednesday 25 September, Berlin
- Architectural guided tour of Museum Island
- Afternoon at leisure
This morning we take an architectural guided tour of the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is currently being renovated according to the master plan by the architect David Chipperfield. Our tour includes:
- Antes Museum (1830): restored 2010/11) by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Hilmer & Sattler and Albrecht, domed hall and grand staircase;
- Lustgarten (Pleasure Garden: early 19th c.) by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, restored (1997-) by Hans Loidl;
- Neo-Renaissance Berlin Cathedral (inaugurated 1905) by Julius Carl and Otto Raschdorff;
- Alte Nationalgalerie (1861) by Friedrich August Stiller, Heinrich Strack, (restored 1998-2001) by HG Merz, foyer and staircase building;
- Kolonnadenhof (colonnades at entrance to Alte Nationalgalerie, restored / renovated by Levin Monsigny;
- Neues Museum of Friedrich August Stiller, David Chipperfield, Julian Harrap, visit the foyer and large stair hall;
- Gallery at Kupfergraben and site of the James Simon Gallery by David Chipperfield;
- Pergamon Museum (1910-) by Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann, being transformed by OM Ungers Jan Kleihues, Walter Noebel;
- Bode Museum of Ernst von Ihne, Heinz Tesar, visit to the two domed halls.
This afternoon you may wish to visit the Gemäldegalerie which holds one of the world’s leading collections of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Its collection includes masterpieces by van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Jan Vermeer’s Young Lady with String of Pearls, and one of the world’s largest collections of Rembrandts. (Overnight Berlin) B
Hamburg - 3 nights
Day 10: Thursday 26 September, Berlin – Hamburg
- Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing
- Private guided tour of the Boros Collection
- Early afternoon train to Hamburg (ICE1512 Berlin HBF to Hamburg HBF, 1342-1524hrs)
- Store of lighting designer, Tobias Grau, Stilwerk
- Dinner at Restaurant Jing Gui, Tortue Hotel
Our first visit this morning is to The Tchoban Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing, which opened in June 2013. Architect Sergei Tchoban, himself a passionate draftsman and collector of historic architectural drawings, created the foundation in 2009 and also donated a part of his collection to it.
Located on the site of a former brewery, the five-storey museum was designed by Russian architecture collective SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov. The building’s architecture – with its light floor “blocks” that appear to have been stacked on top of one another and its exterior relief featuring details from architectural drawings – alludes to the very function of the structure and is crowned with a glass penthouse offering panoramic views. We shall take a guided tour of the collection, which consists of architectural drawings from the from the 16th to the 21st century with a focus on Russian Constructivists, and presents works by big names such as Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry and Charles Friedrich Schinkel.
Then we take a private tour of the Boros Collection, a unique treasure trove of contemporary art housed in a five-storey converted bunker in the heart of Berlin-Mitte. Originally built in 1942 as an air raid shelter, the building was carefully renovated by German art collector, ad agency founder and publisher, Christian Boros, and transformed into a 3000 sqm exhibition space.
Opened since June 2008, the Boros Collection comprises groups of works dating from 1990 to the present by international artists such as Damian Hirst, Olafur Eliasson, Elizabeth Peyton, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anselm Reyle, Manfred Pernice, Tobias Rehberger, John Bock, Wilhelm Sasnal and Michel Majerus. Many of the exhibited works were envisioned and installed by the artists themselves, and some of them were created especially for the bunker. Showcasing newly purchased and site specific works as well as works from the 1990s by 19 international artists, the new exhibition “Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #3” opened to the public in 2017 and similarly to the two precedent shows, will run for four years until 2021.
In the early afternoon, we board the inter-city express train to Hamburg. On arrival, we shall transfer to Stilwerk in Fischmarkt. The industrial building dating to 1907, features a steel concrete skeleton with a redbrick façade adorned with dazzling arches and ornaments. The shopping centre consists of 28 stores; we shall visit the flagship store of Tobias Grau, one of Germany’s most successful lighting designers and manufacturers. Trained at the Parson School of Design in New York, he has designed numerous award-winning lighting fixtures including modern classics such as ‘Tai’, ‘Bill’, ‘George’ and ‘Soon’, as well as various luminaires for office projects.
Tonight we enjoy dinner at the Tortue Hotel, in the amazing restaurant Jing Gui designed by Joyce Wang. (Overnight Hamburg) BLD
Day 11: Friday 27 September, Hamburg
Accompanied by a local architect, we spend a full day exploring a range of projects in and around the city.
First we visit the new Stadthoefe-Quartier (City Courtyards Quarter). The overall concept – by David Chipperfield Architects, Kuehn Malvezzi Architects, and Hamburg-based firm Stephen Williams Associates – offers space for retail, restaurants, residences, a hotel, and office space. The façades of the heritage building are largely preserved and are being reconstructed. The conversion concept provides a connection to the five courtyards and, in addition to apartments and retail space, an exclusive design hotel, the Tortue Hamburg hotel, where we are staying.
Then we visit to the ‘Haus im Haus’ in the Chamber of Commerce designed by Behnisch Architekten. Built within the existing neo-classical Börsenhalle, the light, free-floating character of this new multi-floor extension is complemented and accentuated by a LED lighting system.
We continue with a visit to HafenCity – Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project, located along the Elbe River. We take a private tour of a 3-storey apartment at Kaiserkai designed by LOVE Architekten.
Located on a pontoon in the middle of the Norderelbe stands the Golden Pavilion of Arts and Culture and the adjacent Café Entenwerder I, where we shall have lunch. The 12-metre high pavilion featuring a gold-coloured, perforated brass skin, was designed by Jan Kampshoff and Marc Günnewig from Modulorbeat as a temporary sculptural piece for the exhibition ‘Switch’ in Munich. It was due to be re-melted but was transferred to Hamburg.
In 2006, the city of Hamburg approved ten moorings for houseboats for Germany’s very first aquatic community. This afternoon we view a number of houseboats on Eibek Kanal including those designed by architects Tun-Architektur, Rost Niderehe, Alexander und Dahling, format 21 and baubüro.eins. Our program includes an exclusive interior visit to one of these.
We also take a tour of the building complex which accommodates a philharmonic hall “Elbphilharmonie”, a chamber music hall, restaurants, bars, a panorama terrace with views of Hamburg and the harbour, apartments, and a hotel.
Highlights of the building completed in 2016 include its wave-like façade and central auditorium – a gleaming ivory cave built from 10,000 unique acoustic panels that line the ceiling, walls, and balustrades. Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking pieces of a giant, undulating puzzle. The effect is stunning.
In the immediate environs of the new concert hall Elbphilharmonie is a residential building with around 3,900 square meters of gross floor space, including integrated areas for businesses in the service industry. We take an exclusive visit of an apartment “Am Kaiserkai 56” designed by LOVE architecture.
This evening we will attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie (programme to be confirmed closer to the day). (Overnight Hamburg) BL
Day 12: Saturday 28 September, Hamburg – Rellingen – Hamburg
This morning, we take a short drive to Rellingen, a suburb of Hamburg, and visit the headquarters of Tobias Grau. We enjoy an exclusive visit of the company headquarters and meet the designers.
We also visit the building itself designed by the world-renown Iranian-born German architect, Hadi Teherani. “My holistic approach repeatedly challenges me to push the boundaries of my designs.” Hadi Teherani.
Based in Hamburg, Hadi Teherani works not only as an architect but also in the area of product and interior design. Teherani’s designs range from office chair range (“Silver” / Interstuhl 2004), conference tables (Thonet), lights, door and window fittings, various rug collections, wallpaper and sanitary objects down to the kitchen (+ ARTESIO / Poggenpohl 2010) and a bicycle (e-bike, 2011).
The key factor in the architectural success of Teherani is the abundant use of glass in buildings as he believes that three factors are very important in the structure: light, air and the view of the room. We return to Hamburg and visit two major buildings designed by Teherani: the Dockland office building and the “Tanzende Türme” or ‘dancing towers’.
Like a gateway to the city of Hamburg, the Dockland office building, completed in 2006, stands at one end of Edgar-Engelhard-Kai, a street quay between the Norderelbe, the northern arm of the Elbe River, and the Fischereihafen, the harbour for the fishing trade. The ‘bow’ of this ship-like structure juts out freely over 40 metres to form a dynamic supplement to the ‘stern’ constituted by the neighbouring ferry terminal. Visitors can get to the rooftop terrace via a public outdoor staircase located at the rear of the building.
The “Tanzende Türme”, or ‘dancing towers’, completed in 2012, rise at the limit of Hamburg’s inner city with Saint Pauli, a borough formerly outside the city that historically evolved to become a part of town. It marks the gateway to Hamburg’s world-famous Reeperbahn, a boulevard for amusements of all kinds. The configuration of this pair of high-rises takes its ‘posture’ from the vitality associated with their location. Appearing to dance, they are the physical expression of the joy associated with movement and unfold their power as an identity-endowing ‘diamond solitaire’ in urban planning and development. The building incorporates offices, a hotel, night club and restaurant.
The remain of the day is at leisure. You may wish to visit the century-old Speicherstadt, the world’s largest contiguous warehouse complex, located in the Freihafen (free-port) between Deichtorhallen and Baumwall. The Speicherstadt was built in 1883, five years before Hamburg received its free port. Since 1991, the unique district has been given historic monument protection. The warehouses are built on oak piles and the district is crossed by what are known as fleets – canals that are flooded depending on the tides and can then also be travelled by ship. You can travel the narrow canals in small barges to view the architectural details.
Tonight, we enjoy our farewell dinner at the Brasserie Die Bank. Housed in a former 19th-century bank, Michelin-starred chef, Thomas Fischer, serves creative dishes using seasonal ingredients. (Overnight Hamburg) BD
Day 13: Sunday 29 September, Hamburg. Tour Ends.
- Departure transfer for participants travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
Participants taking the ‘designated’ ASA flight will transfer to Hamburg Airport. If you are not taking this flight you should find your own way to the airport, or consult ASA for transfer assistance. B