Berlin Architect Tours

WAF Architect Tours of Berlin

WAF is pleased to annouce that following the success of the WAF 2016 Tour Programme, we have added new tours available for WAF 2017.

Berlin has a unique architectural landscape.  The moving history of the capital city even today defines the built environment. Berlin’s vacant spaces made the city a pioneering place for visionary architecture and development is always ongoing.

This year, WAF presents the best art spaces and most intruiging building projects, exciting protagonists and iconic urban locations.

Tour places are inclusive in the Premium Plus Delegate Pass and accomodation package. Why not make the most of your visit to Berlin and include one of our unique tours in your trip by booking your pass now. Click here to book.

Once your pass is booked, our Customer Care team will be in contact to confirm which tour you would like to attend. Tours will be available to book onto on a first come first served basis and spaces are limited.


niche Art & Architecture Tours Berlin present must-see art and architecture locations aside from the more established sites. The guided tours are geared towards art and architecture enthusiasts looking for competent insider knowledge. Rather than renowned galleries or well-known buildings, they present new discoveries, key figures and the whole context of Berlin’s art and architecture scenes. The focus of the niche Art Tours Berlin is on artist-run project spaces, newer galleries with unusual programmes and other unconventional exhibition sites. The niche Architecture Tours Berlin present innovative structures and creative reuses of buildings. The niche Art & Architecture Tours combine both aspects.

Niche have curated a bespoke tour programme for WAF 2017

Below is an overview of the 2017 tour scheudle:

Tuesday 14.11.17 ​

  • 2 - 6 pm Introduction Tour 
    The role of architecture as a projection screen for ideological messages is exemplified in East and West Berlin between 1945 and 1989. In both parts of the city there arose symbolically-charged state, residential and cultural buildings. As a result of this architectural arms race, one can still recognise a doubling of building types and different centres in East and West.

Wednesday 15.11.17

  • 10 am - 12.30 pm Smart Conversions
    The Berlin art and performance scene is well known for their investigative sensibility in finding unused spaces with a strong character and atmosphere. The tour looks at refurbished cultural venues and how these buildings were fitted to meet the needs of modern production spaces.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Modern Urban Visions  
    Hansaviertel is a showcase of modernist architecture. Severely destroyed during WWII, the area was rebuilt for the International Building Exhibition (IBA ‘57). The »city of tomorrow« consists of 35 projects, which comprise 1.160 living units. They were realized by star modernists like Oscar Niemeyer, Arne Jacobson or Hans Schwippert.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Materials In Good Shape
    Evergrowing building regulations and energetic standards often come with functional and aesthetical compromise within the design. More and more architects make a broad statement against these restrictions with smart re-dedication of materials or bold structures.                

Thursday 16.11.17

  • 10 am - 12.30 pm Urban Spectacle Part I: West Berlin
     Unusual shapes and bold statements – long before Berlin discussed the concept of critical reconstruction and its effects on the urban structure, the architectural community in both parts of divided Berlin produced confident stand-out pieces to showcase their visions for their city of the future.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Archiving Knowledge 
    Extraordinary public spaces with a clear design statement that are dedicated to printed and digital media can be found all over Berlin. The tour aimsto explore how they provide the atmosphere for research while at the same time operating on a highly efficient functional level.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Social Sustainable
    In times of gentrification and increasing living cost, architectural developments face the question of social responsibility. The ‘Baugruppe’ (building collective) is a model that tackles this issue by involving the clients’ needs into different phases of the design and production of the architecture. 

Friday 17.11.17

  • 10 am - 12.30 pm Finding The Gap
    The use and ownership of public resources in the city is a highly debated and controversal issue of our time. Different solutions to urban problems make use of these resources with democratic intentions. We explore how urban planning can best serve the people in the city.
  • 10 am - 12.30 pm Individual Solutions
    In rapidly growing cities like Berlin difficult plots that are unfit for the needs of big developers often bring forth very unusual and refreshing architectural solutions that shape the face of the city. The tour explores the most innovative building projects of recent years.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Urban Spectacle Part II: East Berlin
    Unusual shapes and bold statements – long before Berlin discussed the concept of critical reconstruction and its effects on the urban structure, the architectural community in both parts of divided Berlin produced confident stand-out pieces to showcase their visions for their city of the future.
  • 1.30 - 4 pm Art Interiors  
    Berlin’s world-renowned art scene manifests itself in a plethora of galleries, each with its own unique character. We present some of the most outstanding exhibition spaces, which – perhaps not coincidentally – are also very exciting architecturally.

Saturday 18.11.17

  • 11 am - 1.30 pm Olympic Stadium
    The Olympic Stadium, built on the occasion of the Olympic Summer Games in 1936, holds up to 100.000 spectators. In regard to form, the stadium with its clean geometric shapes is reminiscent of ancient sport facilities. It was renovated by Gerkan, Marg und Partner for the world cup 2006.

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