Germany, Berlin 

State Ballet School


Competition 2006 – 1st prize
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Kristian Spencker
Project leaders
Kristian Spencker, Michael Scholz
Kerstin Otte, Helge Lezius, Thomas Kühn, Andrea Jobski, Martin Krebes, Robert Hormes, Rüdiger von Helmolt, René Wiegand, Chris Hättasch, Marie Poth, Tomomi Arai, Elena Flegler, Sarah Gerg, Katharina Broese, Kerstin Fuchs
Senate Administration for Urban Development, State of Berlin
Construction period, first phase
Gross floor area, first phase
8,900 m²

Architecture film
Hans-Georg Esch



Marcus Bredt

The overall architectural concept for the State School of Ballet and Artistry focuses on the special nature of the school, with its constant ebb and flow of pupils between the creative world of dance and the classic functions of full-time schooling. A curved multi-story hall runs through the new building, with the adjacent four-story school and ballet rooms facing each other. The various areas of the ensemble are related to each other above this linking space, and accessed on the second floor via a bridge. Large display-window openings in the facade provide transparency and a view of the outside world for the dancers and give passers-by a glimpse of the ballet rooms and dance training.