Coffee + company = good thinking.
This tried-and-tested formula also works well for Kraftwerk Mitte. The first gastronomic venture on the site was the T1 Bistro & Café in the former reception building. It retains the industrial design of the 1930s.
Actors, dancers, musicians and technicians meet here, and of course visitors to this hive of creativity.
What do the Royal Opera House in London,
the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the
Chinese National Theatre in Beijing all have
in common? Most of their stage technology
is supplied by SBS Bühnentechnik GmbH
of Dresden. As a locally based global player,
SBS were obviously the go-to people for
Kraftwerk Mitte. This company can trace
its origins back to 1874. It now has subsidi-
aries in Russia, Hong Kong and Oman. sbs-buehnentechnik.de
: The customer base of Licht-, Steuer- und Schaltanlagenbau GmbH (LSS), which has offices in Altenburg and Dresden, reads like a Who’s Who of the German theatre world. Working in collaboration with LSS, the technicians of the two Kraftwerk Mitte theatres have designed a new decentralised dimmer system. Scenic lights are directed onto the various stages by means of digital controls. lss-lighting.de Right
: An essential part of any modern theatre experience is good sound reproduction. Many of the new loudspeakers and sound systems available to tjg and the Staatsoperette have been supplied by Studt-Akustik. The Dresden-based company long ago established a reputation for itself as an industry leader. More recently, engineer and owner Peter Studt has equipped the TV studios where popular German programmes are made such as Anne Will and Hart aber fair. He has also fitted out the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin and the Opera House in Graz (Austria). studt-akustik.de
The dance hall on the upper floor is not only for aspiring youngsters like these – 6,000 dance and music students at the Heinrich-Schütz-Konservatorium are taught here. hskd.de
The historical switch room enjoys listed building status.
The ten metre-high former crane workshop seen here hosts frequent exhibitions. Next door, in the renovated Zwischenbau (link building), neonworx rents offices and co-working spaces for freelancers. neonworx.de
Looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas, the Weiterdenken think tank established by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Saxony has taken up residence in the former transformer hall.
Kommunale Immobilien Dresden GmbH was set up specifically to construct the new theatre venues; it got the job done in just two and a half years. Next to be developed are the warehouse and substation buildings which will later accommodate shops, cafes and restaurants as well as studios and offices for creative types. Already up and running: Restzeichen, a light installation by Dresden artist Paul Elsner.