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Thursday 02, November

Moabit women’s prison to become new artists’ studios

Out of use since 2012, construction is currently underway on the Moabit women's prison. From the end of 2025, the structure will serve as affordable artists' studios.

Photo: IMAGO / Schöning

Thursday 2, November

Moabit women’s prison to become new artists’ studios

The imposing red brick building on Lehrter Straße was completed in 1881, and since then it has housed some of Berlin’s most famous heroes and villains. German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht was locked up there in 1916, and RAF member Inge Viett escaped from the premises in the 1970s, using a nail file to break through the barred window of a first-floor television room.

The building has been out of use since 2012, however, being put to use from time to time on TV series like Babylon Berlin or the Queen’s Gambit. But now it looks like it will get a new lease on life as affordable artists’ studios.

Work is underway to convert the old prison, with 32 studios being constructed alongside 49 music rehearsal rooms. Since the building is partly listed for historical protection, three of the cells may be preserved.

According to the Senate, the renovation work should be completed by the end of 2025, with professional artists being given the ability to rent the rooms at between €4.09 and €6.50 per square metre.