Square furnishing – monument renovation and teaching site with Knobelsdorff School Berlin,
Plan of square furniture © zukunftsgeraeusche GbR
Soon it is so far, still in the winter the monument-fair reorganization begins and in the spring can you again on restored benches on the Ernst-Reuter-Platz seated linger. Trainees of the Knobelsdorff School, with the support of specialized companies, will repair them.
The project to refurbish the square furniture is taking place as an educational project (teaching construction site) with the construction department of the Knobelsdorff School Berlin and is conceived and managed by zukunftsgeraeusche GbR at BHROX bauhaus reuse, in cooperation with and supported by the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, the Department of Urban Development, Construction and Environment and the Lower Monument Protection Authority, as well as with the accompaniment and support of the State Monuments Office Berlin.
The square furnishings include 16 benches and eight wastebaskets, i.e. litter garbage cans. The BHROX bauhaus reuse serves as a starting point for the trainees’ work.
The renovation is to be completed in time for the 100th birthday year of Werner Düttmann, the designer of the Mittelinsel, and for the future of the square.
The 16 benches consist of two wooden supports, each attached to two exposed aggregate concrete pedestals by means of brackets, spanning the pedestals and cantilevering out on both sides. The pedestals are tied into the ground as foundations. The renovation, which is in accordance with the preservation order, includes the alignment of the pedestals, some of which are crooked, the repair of cracks and the cleaning of the exposed aggregate concrete surface. This will be implemented by a specialist company. The production of the reconstructed bench supports, which are based on the original construction, and the brackets will be manufactured and installed by apprentices of the Knobelsdorff School.
The original construction of the bench supports consists of two planks sloping towards the center in the direction of the seat depth, which are made of larch wood.
The repair of the concrete bases and the prefabrication of the bench supports and brackets will begin immediately, still in the winter of 2020/2021. The assembly of the will follow in the first quarter of 2021; the target is a completion at the beginning of March.
The restoration of the round waste garbage cans, each of which consists of a precast element with an exposed aggregate concrete surface, will begin in the spring. In addition to repairing the concrete elements and cleaning the of the concrete surface, a destroyed wastebasket and the original steel inserts and mechanisms will be reconstructed. Completion is scheduled for the first half of 2021.
The teaching site and the work will be planned and supervised by BHROX bauhaus reuse / zukunftsgeraeusche GbR. In addition, the implementation will be accompanied by us film-performative.
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