In its first life, the building was used to supply the people of Berlin with heating. Since then, it has been part of the techno scene and is now known to music fans and art enthusiasts alike.
The Mitte CHP Plant is many different faces. It was built between 1961 and 1964 before being abandoned in 1997 when a new power plant in the vicinity took over its work. The former Mitte CHP Plant thus documents Berlin's early industrial history. From CHP plant to venue In 2006, Dimitri Hegemann was looking for a new home for his Technoclub Tresor so he decided to open up part of the empty space in the plant for his club. After this time, further extensions and renovations were carried out and in the current exhibition space and venue "Kraftwerk Berlin" was finally opened to the public. Concerts have since been held in the giant turbine hall - featuring for example Calexico, German band Einstürzenden Neubauten and Max Herre - along with opera performances and other live shows. The "Berliner Liste" Contemporary Art Fair is held in the Kraftwerk Berlin every autumn.
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