The Funkhaus owes its iconic name to the time when this brick building complex was the broadcasting studio of the GDR, including the world’s biggest record studio. Today, the latter is still the heart of Funkhaus: Famous musicians such as Paul Kalkbrenner and Nils Frahm have recorded here, and many more performers have sold out concerts in the uniquely isolated hall with the wooden walls and enormous organ. Today, the vision of Funkhaus is even bigger than that: Gradually, a new cultural hub is being established.
Festivals (e.g. the People Festival) are held here just like conferences (e.g. Tech Open Air); the popular Kreuzberg restaurants Zola Pizza and Concierge Coffee have their second locations here by the beautiful riverside, and other Berlin companies are moving in. A music and media school is bringing in new talent just like the music platform Colors. My favorite part next to the all the retro rooms and furniture, is the futuristic Center for Spatial Sound Monom featuring a 4D (!) system – heaven for beat lovers.
Some people say, Funkhaus is Berlin’s most beautiful location. Others say, it’s a bit far away. I would agree on both, but by bike (and in Berlin you must have a bike), it’s one of the most beautiful bike rides, too: Across Treptower Park, along the little bay Rummelsburger Bucht, you can ride your bike by the water almost the entire time and that is quite rare in this city – as rare as this location.