Repurposing disused spaces for a new cultural life isn’t something commonly associated with Munich. That isn’t to say, however, that the Bavarian capital hasn’t got a flair for urban renewal. Cast your cynical peepers upon Wiede Fabrik if you remain an unbeliever. Formerly a manufacturing facility for the production of acetylene, this quirky factory reboot is now a buzzing cultural hub that’s fast becoming one of the city’s most exciting arts venues.
The network of studio spaces and workshops retains the industrial charm of the complex’s prior purpose. Hefty, open halls and bronze-colored metallic cannisters—complete with pressure dials and copper piping—contribute to the indoor landscape. Amongst the 25+ residents currently taking advantage of the surreal space are painter and collagist Elli Hurst, abstract acrylic portraitier Dörthe Bäumer, and digital photo manipulator HC Ohl.