The Collaboration

The exhibition was created in close cooperation between the Stiftung Exilmuseum and the Instut für Architektur, TU Berlin.

Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin

The Exilmuseum Foundation introduces itself with the exhibition ZU/FLUCHT: It provides an insight into the future museum contents, its working methods and the plans for the new museum building at Anhalter Bahnhof.

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The Stiftung Exilmuseum Berlin was founded in 2018 with the goal of erecting a museum on the subject of exile from 1933–1945 at Anhalter Bahnhof. It emerged as a private initiative and is currently developing a wide-reaching network of cooperation with institutions and archives on the subject of exile. Beside the presentation of historical subject matter, the museum is intended to help visitors learn more about “what exile really means,” in the words of Herta Müller, one of the patrons, and the relevance of the subject in our present-day society.

Natural Building Lab

Over two semesters, architecture students of the Natural Building Lab engaged in analyzing the units’ material, use, and possibilities for repurposing them, designed and planned the exhibition, and erected it with their own hands. 

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The exhibition architecture embodies the instructional approach of the Natural Building Lab. In collaboration with non-university partners, the students explore transdisciplinary processes in architectural theory and production and realize them on their own. The students develop new methods and formats in self-determined learning processes, in this case, they founded their own project office with the name “Studio dazwischen” (“Studio In-between”). They work with experts from the realms of architecture, urban planning, structural engineering, communication design, and cost planning. In addition, the Natural Building Lab researches climate-conscious architectural systems that use renewable resources or reuse construction materials. In this way, materials that are released in the process of transformation are assigned new functions.

Habitat Unit

In the exhibition, the Habitat Unit at TU Berlin presents its research on the life of refugees in temporary housing units (Collaboration Research Center “Re-Figuration of Spaces”). 

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The Habitat Unit at the Institut für Architektur deals with the global challenges presented by urbanization in the context of the worldwide crisis of climate change, poverty, and migration. It promotes participatory urban policymaking and management that takes its orientation from actual developments and needs. In this way, the Habitat Unit promotes new approaches to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production and works with a variety of partner institutions that range from government agencies and NGOs to grassroots initiatives.

We Refugees Archive

Exhibition content on the subject of “Exile Today” was created in a collaboration of the Stiftung Exilmuseum with the We Refugees Archive, Minor Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung.

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We Refugees Archive is a growing digital archive on refugeedom in the past and present. It focuses on individual experiences and the microcosm of the city as a place of refuge and new beginnings.

Project initiator:
Stiftung Exilmuseum
Christoph Stölzl, Cornelia Vossen, Dana Müller, Meike-Marie Thiele, Philipp Sukstorf, Sarah Blendin

Design, Planning, Implementation:
Natural Building Lab, Institut für Architektur, Technische Universität Berlin
Adrien Bressan, Antonia Leicht, Antonia Noll, Clara Kraus, Demi George, Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, Felix Schons, Felix Tholl, Greta Altenburger, Greta Wörmann, Johanna Bäumer, Johannes Rau, Lara Jensen, Laura Schwarzenberger, Leon Klassen, Lilyana Toneva, Lisa van Heyden, Lisa Kolkowski, Lukas Wichmann, Mahmoud Alkhnifes, Maire Cordts, Matthew Crabbe, Max Pfeffer, Moritz Henes, Nina Pawlicki, Paul Girod, Paul Porath, Philipp Sumpf, Phillip Arndt, Reingard Hesse, Thalia Budin

Project management:

Sina Jansen

Content, Research Project “Architectures of Asylum”:

Habitat Unit, Institut für Architektur, Technische Universität Berlin

Antonia Noll, Aline Fraikin, Ayham Dalal, Philipp Misselwitz, Veronica Zaripova

Other Partners:

morgen. – Beate Kapfenberger, Martha Starke, 

Fachgebiet für Tragwerksentwurf und -konstruktion TEK – Hendrik Behrens, Yury Sokolov, Prof. Riccardo La Magna, 

Fachgebiet Planungs- und Bauökonomie/Immobilienwirtschaft – Stine Kolbert, 

IfA Bau, DesignBuild Workshop, TU Berlin – Felix Tholl, 

We Refugees Archive / Minor Projektkontor für Bildung und Forschung – Anne von Oswald,


Graphic Design (Exhibition): 

sans serif Ina Munzinger, Katrin Schmitt-Tegge,

Graphic production:

Hruby Werbetechnik GmbH,


Technical Consulting: 

ZRS Ingenieure – Hendrik Behrens, Uwe Seiler,



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