Design Forum

A Forum for Design

In the heart of Berlin, a future laboratory can be created — a place for design, innovation, art, craftsmanship and ecology. The vision is to create a place for sensual experience and aesthetic education, especially in our “de-sensualized” world, which is becoming ever faster, more abstract and more digital.

Inside the Design Forum, the young creative design and art scene could come together to work on ideas for a sustainable future. Production and consumption will be questioned, but at the same time transformed into prototypical sustainable projects. The Design Forum combines artistic strategies with the concrete perspective of social entrepreneurs and sustainably producing manufactories.

Berlin Designer Elisa Strozyk

The proposal is currently being submitted in a concept procedure for the location of the Old Mint in Berlin-Mitte.

Design Forum, Visual

The Design Forum brings together the areas of “artistic craftsmanship” and “design” in one place. For some time now, both disciplines have been concerned with comprehensive tasks and are shifting the focus away from the spatial object itself towards the ideas and life models behind the form. The social design movement takes on the legacy of Bauhaus and Werkbund by dealing with holistic concepts that include all areas of life. Design thinking, design criticism, ecology and sustainability, globalisation and interculturality and future strategies will increasingly occupy us in the coming years.

Ecosystem of creative design craftsmanship

The aim of the Design Forum is to strengthen designers by making the new potential that design holds for social transformation visible. At the same time, the Design Forum aims to boost the image of creative craftsmanship and support individual players, small craft businesses and manufactories in all aspects of their development.


Ecosystem: Different powers acting together

The political and economic consequences of globalization threaten to destroy small and medium-sized manufactories. Worries about young talent, competition with industrially manufactured competing products or the monopolisation of trade lead to an economic reality in which it is difficult for them to survive. For many it is important to maintain the environmental conditions that support them. Their future depends on their ability to find a good balance between tradition and new paths.

Draft and Visualization: Axel Binder

The revitalisation of the area finds its architectural expression in the extension of the central, historic building of the mint. The existing, 3‑storey building remains untouched on the outside and is covered by a visually equally weighted supplementary body. This is a “doubled”, twin-like body that lies over the existing one and is set off by a circumferentially contoured structural joint.

Following the principle of “embossing”, individual components develop out of the body in relief, while other components move in behind the imaginary contour as “punched out”. The result is a moving, multi-layered body along a clear original contour. The outer skin is formed from a metallic-looking shell of partly closed and partly transparent glass panels, as well as multi-storey transparent panels in the punched-out parts.

The increase can be experienced from various city points outside the coin area as a “crown-like” vertical closure of the historical area and thus symbolizes the reorientation and vitalization of the content of the area. From the Krögelgasse, diagonally opposite the Direktorenhaus, the main access to the building structure is made.


Needed: Room for Craftsmanship

Through the existing building a central development core is arranged, which opens up the multifunctional exhibition and event areas in the upper floors to the public. City loggias and a panoramic terrace offer visitors visual networking with the rest of the coin’s area as well as the location of the object in the vital tectonics of the adjoining city centre.

Berlin Design Forum as a central point for craftsmanship and design

The forum focuses on artistic craftsmanship and design as creative and at the same time economically significant disciplines. It is planned to locate cultural and creative actors on areas for financially strong anchor tenants and to offer inexpensive services for economically weaker tenants at the intersection of the cultural and creative industries.

The actors involved include various stakeholders such as manufactories, workshops, artisans, design studios, restorers, digital agencies, scientific institutes, associations and retailers.

More Information:
Meetup Berlin.morgen
@Direktorenhaus, Berlin
Contact Person:
Claudia Wagner

Weitere Projekte

Deutsche Manufakturenstraße

Deutsche Manufakturenstraße, a route through Germany Deutsche Manufakturenstraße is the cultural-historical infrastructure project of the Master Council. The manufactory route was established in 2017 as a living archive of German manufactories and has been expanded since then. At the same time, it is also a tourist holiday route project on the level of the federal

Handmade in Germany Worldtour

With the exhibition curated by the Direktorenhjaus, the myth of German quality work has been travelling since 2014. The concentrated collection of contemporary quality production from Germany shows masterpieces by German manufactories, craftsmen and designers, precious objects and cultural assets handcrafted in Germany. Masterpieces Germany has numerous outstanding manufactories that produce at the highest level.


Since 2010, Direktorenhaus in Berlin offers a link between applied art, design and contemporary art. The exhibition space  has its own collection as well as changing exhibitions. The exhibitions focus on the noticeably increased importance of design and aesthetics in contemporary life. Its programme revolves around current design phenomena and deliberately includes the border areas

Manufactory Day

The German Craft Council regularly holds annual general meetings, at which lectures and discussions on upcoming issues are on the agenda. In addition to the annual meetings, smaller events are held to provide special information.