The KITCHEN-HUB is a multifuncional kitchen space in Berlin-Schöneberg run by the organisation Über den Tellerrand e.V.. During the five weeks of the summer school a detailed usage concept for the space was developed together with the organisation, first pieces were then designed and built at Technische Universität Berlin. The core team consisted of an interdisciplinary group of students, refugees, volunteers and craftsmen.

The KITCHEN-HUB aims to become a space of coexistence and mutual exchange, where refugees are not only welcome but become active in shaping urban space.. Here people with refugee and non-refugee background cook, eat, work and think together.

The claim to actively engage refugees in the coproduction of urban space reflects in it´s design, allowing flexibility, growth and participation of it´s future users. A modular toolkit system answers to the requirements of a multifunctional place, where events such as cooking classes, workshops, discussion rounds or community meetings can take place.


The summer school was funded by the STO-Stiftung. It built on the experiences and outcomes of the design studio Refugees in the City: cooking with refugees in Berlin at Habitat Unit of the summer term 2015. 

Images and Plans


Technical Description

The table and chair modules consist of a welded metall steel construction, the table plates, cooking boxes and chair boxes are made from multiplex wood panels with glued joints.


Inauguration November 2015

The KITCHEN-HUB was officially inaugurated in November.


Picture Credit: Iona Dutz

First event in the KITCHEN-HUB

German Dinner night in the KITCHEN-HUB

Moving in ...

The KITCHEN-HUB moved to it´s new home in Schöneberg.

Table Inauguration

On the last day of the Summer School the first table and chair modules were inaugurated.


During the Refugees in the City Summer School we will design and build the KITCHEN-HUB - a place of encounters between refugees and locals in Berlin Schöneberg.

We will work together with refugees, craftsmen and especially the future operator of the place: überdentellerrand.

The research- and teaching format Refugees in the City deals with the ongoing debate on housing for refugees and asylum seekers worldwide. In particular we are seeking to understand and determine the role of planning disciplines in the process.

Application: email your CV, a 200 words motivation letter and a short documentation of your own favourite project to:

Application Deadline:
July 9th, 2015


The research- and teaching format ‚Refugees in the City‘ deals with the ongoing debate on accommodating refugees and asylum seekers worldwide. In particular we are seeking to understand and determine the role of planning disciplines in the process. The accompanying lecture series aims to initiate a discussion about a possible collaboration between higher education, research, refugee initiatives and civil society.
Case studies and best practice examples of studio work at schools of higher education and practice will be presented and discussed. Afterwards the speakers and the audience will prepare a small meal together on
a long table in order to deeper discuss the related topics.


The event will take place in the framework of the 2nd Cluster Meeting of the Urban Lab+.

Simon Takasaki & Peter Haslinger, Uni Hannover
Vittoria Capresi, baladilab
Monika Bergen, Flüchtlingsrat Berlin
Rafael Strasser, Über den Tellerrand
Diana Drogan

A collaboration between:
Urban Design Forum
MOVE Projektwerkstatt
Über den Tellerrand e.V.
Habitat Unit / CoCoon, TU Berlin



Anas Alahdab, Theodora Constantin, Christiane Delucchi, Rania Elkalla, Ghaith Henki, Nidal Jalouk, Paula Lipsanen, Asmaa Akram Adodou Mohamed, Farouq Qattan, Lisa Reis, Judith Schiebel, Stella Sommer, Vanessa Vogel
Collaborating Organisations
Habitat Unit
Other Collaboration
Werkstätten des Instituts für Architektur
Jan Gehling
R316 - Imke Grzemba and Karl Woitke

Academic Discipline(s)
12 Students
Landscape Architecture
1 Students
Urban Management
1 Students
Interior Design
1 Students
Academic Level(s)
M.Sc I B.Sc.
Academic Facts

Project Start
Length of Preparation Phase
6 months
Project Context
Project Type
Community / Culture | Production
Construction Methods/Techniques