Kielgan Brache

The Keigland Brache is located at a quiet intersection of Berlin-Schöneberg. Here, at the more residential end of Kurfürstendamn the site is neighboured by a large privately guarded housing complex, several schools for young people/infants and other amenities. The site is almost impossible to look into due the prevalence of tall birch trees.    

Much of the research into this site has been conducted by nomadic curatorial group Neue Berliner Räume

Land nick names, Neologisms and slang terms

Keilgan Brache



Kielganstraße 3 10783 Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland

Land Topography

Size of the Land in sqm (approx.)


  • Trees
  • Areas of gravel
  • Dumped and drifting materials: plastic bags and packaging
  • lots of rubble with vegetation growing through
  • Fly tipped household items
  • Gravel
  • Stones
  • - poles
  • Brick
  • Rubble
  • asphalt


  • Illegal settlements
  • Temporary metal-built traffic police station

Land status and definition


  • Post-Residential

Legal Status

  • In Private Ownership

Current Land Owner


Known intended future use by the land owner(s)

There has been some discussion within the local council as to what might benefit the local area from the sites development: 

Historical (basic)

In the Mid 19th Century George Kielgan embarked on a development project for Berlin’s emerging wealthy. During this period the Kielgan Brache was purchased by businessman Julius Rüttigers. A building was then commissioned by August Orth, architect of the original Gorlizter Bahnhof. This building was at one time considered by Lithuania as a site for its embassy. Since its destruction during WWII the site has been used as a second hand car sales ‘room’.

Discussion around the site by the local council reflects the concerns that the site is now used by prostitutes and, perhaps, for casual sex. There are also signs that the site is used as a place for the homeless.


Land Access


  • Accessible with effort

Possible, awkward


Land Users

Land is occupied by

  • General public
  • Drinkers
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Drug-addicts
  • previously homeless person/persons


Temporary shelter, sex

Compare to Wasteland



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