The KITCHEN-HUB is a place for refugees and local residents in Berlin Schöneberg, run by Über den Tellerrand e.V. The design reflects our approach: it is a tool to support the agency of refugees as urban actors. A modular toolkit can flexibly address a multitude of use requirements including cooking classes run by refugees, workshops, discussion rounds or community meetings. People with refugee and non-refugee background cook, eat, work and think together. They create a place of coexistence and mutual exchange, where refugees are not only welcome but become active in shaping urban space.
The KITCHEN-HUB was realized in a close collaboration between Habitat Unit, the CoCoon Studio and Über den Tellerrand. It was designed and built during a Summer School in 2015, building on the experiences and outcomes of the Design Studio Refugee City: Cooking with Refugees in Berlin at the Department of Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin.