The Bergmann neighbourhood in Berlin-Kreuzberg survived the Second World War remarkably unscathed. It is still characterised today by forms from the founding period, light plaster and colourful windows.
The health centre at Bergmannstrasse 5 closes a building gap, which since the development of the district in the nineteenth century had interrupted the street lined on both sides. A transformer station, now under heritage protection, was built on the
rear section of the plot in 1929. When it was no longer in use, the opportunity presented itself to redevelop the site.
Political opposition soon flared up when the first building plans were published, for fear of interfering with the coherence of the Bergmann neighbourhood. The property developer and the mayor finally decided on a design by Tobias Nöfer, in collaboration
with Georg Graetz.