Open. Pulsating. International.
Deutsche Bank will bring life to the Prinzessinnenpalais after the summer break

The transformation of the Prinzessinnenpalais in Berlin into Deutsche Bank’s exciting forum for art, culture, and sports is slowly taking shape. Recently, the press was able to see for itself during a tour of the Palais. A forward-looking exhibition and event venue is currently being built based on the plans of Kuehn Malvezzi. “The installation of the building technology will be completed by the summer, then preparations will begin for the opening,” explains Svenja von Reichenbach from the bank’s Art, Culture & Sports unit, who will direct the new building in the future.

After the summer break, the building will not only be a popular meeting place for the national and international art scene. The future program is even more ambitious. It will combine permanent and changing exhibitions with concerts, readings, events on sports topics, as well as new digital formats. Symposia and workshops are also planned. And the Deutsche Bank Collection will always be present. “With the Palais we will not only rethink art, culture, and sports, but also think across them,” says Thorsten Strauß, the head of the Art, Culture & Sports unit. “We are looking forward to an open and pulsating house, with an international network, innovative crossover projects, and permanent access to the Deutsche Bank Collection.”

In the future, Unter den Linden 5 will be one of the “best and most representative addresses in the city,” writes Gabriele Walde in the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper and quotes Friedhelm Hütte, who is responsible for the bank’s worldwide art program: “Right at the heart of the city, you can’t top that.” At a central location, in close proximity to the State Opera, the German Historical Museum, and the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, Deutsche Bank will triple its art exhibition space to more than 900 square meters. In addition, there will be a 200 square meter “Forum” and the “Atelier,” a 150 square meter area on the top floor commanding a magnificent view of Berlin. “You can tell from the construction site that the rooms will be vast and airy,” says Nikolaus Bernau of Berliner Zeitung, summing up his first impressions of the premises.

In addition to exciting events, many visitors will be attracted by the extraordinary gastronomy. Deutsche Bank is cooperating with Kofler & Kompanie, an internationally renowned company that caused a sensation with its popup restaurant Prêt à Diner. “In line with the motto ‘Art connects, and so does food,’ our goal is to reinstate the gastronomy in the Prinzessinnenpalais as a highlight on Unter den Linden boulevard, says Konstantina Dagianta, managing director of Kofler & Kompanie. Alongside fusion food with fresh ingredients, cakes and tortes will be on the menu. “Fans of the splendid Operncafé can rejoice,” writes the Berliner Zeitung. Because the café in the Palais was one of the city’s most popular meeting places for a long time, frequented by Berliners and tourists alike.

The Prinzessinnenpalais can look back on an eventful history. It was once the residence of members of the Prussian dynasty. Later the Schinkel Museum moved in. After being destroyed during World War II, it was completely rebuilt by Richard Paulick in the early 1960s. While Paulick oriented the exterior to the historical model, for the interior he opted for a modern solution. Thus, the building is the “expression of a complex history,” says the architect Wilfried Kuehn. His office has a great deal of experience when it comes to art and tradition. Among Kuehn Malvezzi’s most important projects are the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf and the extensions of Museum Berggruen and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

“The place is historic,” Wilfried Kuehn says, in reference to his concept, “but different than it seems: postwar architecture by Richard Paulick with the reconstructed facades of the original baroque building, whose layers we are exposing like the concrete construction in the interior and turning into an exciting stage for contemporary culture.” It was important to Deutsche Bank for the Prinzessinnenpalais to be a modern building in a historic façade. “This is the only way we can create a contemporary exhibition building,” says Friedhelm Hütte. But the building is much more than an exciting cultural venue with a historic look. The new Palais is another example of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to Berlin, the German capital and the city in which it was founded. And once again, the bank is underscoring how important art, culture, and sports are for society.