THE MAX-SCHMELING-HALLE IN BERLIN
With its living roof, the Max-Schmeling-Halle has been a “green bridge” connecting the Berlin neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding since 1996. Architect Jörg Joppien’s design, part of the Berlin’s bid for the 2000 Olympic Games, is a three-aisled complex that covers an area of over 38,565 m² and was largely integrated into mountains of rubble left over from the Second World War. Originally designed to host sporting events, the building is now a multi-functional arena, also serving as a concert venue.
Initially, rows of fixed seating with sheet-metal chair shells were installed in the arena. Due to the planned heavy use, a budget had been set aside from the start to renew the seats after 25 years. The committee responsible for the refit was won over by Thonet’s individual solution, specifically tailored to the needs of the arena, and by the company’s use of natural materials. The furniture from the Frankenberg-based company with its “Made in Germany” label was an easy choice, as its durability and exceptional quality are the perfect fit for the sustainable design concept of Jörg Joppien. Even after years of constant use, furniture pieces from Thonet show only minimal signs of wear, and those items that do show signs of damage can be repaired directly in the company’s own factory. Thus, unlike the original seating from 25 years ago, the seating from Thonet will never have to be completely replaced.