Goethe-Institut New York
© Eduard Hueber / archphoto
Tour Time: 12:00
30 Irving Place,
Since March 2015 the Goethe-Institut New York is located at 30 Irving Place, one block from Union Square. The Goethe-Institut’s new home is in an existing office building built in 1912 by Central Realty Company after plans of Harry B. Mulliken (student of Flatiron-Building-Architect Daniel Burnham) and Edgar J. Moeller. The architects for the new build-out are Sebastian Kaempf and Anke Roggenbuck from KARO Architects. The new design has an open walk-in space that combines all parts of the Goethe-Institut’s cultural work and functions as a bridge between the institute and its public: a versatile space with high-end technical equipment for different formats such as talks, performances, film screenings, installations, and exhibitions, a library with custom made convertible shelves, and an open reading area for passers-by. The fourth floor of the building combines working and learning in a full floor gut renovation: next to the light filled open office space are four classrooms and a teachers’ and entry lounge.
Sebastian Kaempf and Anke Roggenbuck founded KARO in 2014. Their collaboration began 10 years earlier at 1100 Architects, where they teamed up on residential and commercial interiors as well as ground-up construction in the public and private realm. Sebastian and Anke have extensive architectural experience, with inter-disciplinary studies in Germany (Bauhaus), Great Britain (Bartlett), and the United States (SciArc).
Tour Guides: Sebastian Kaempf and Anke Roggenbuck, Cofounders and Principals, KARO ARCHITECTS