Gerd Hänska / Magdalena Hänska / Kurt Schmersow: Central Animal Labs "Mouse Bunker", Freie Universität Berlin (Zentrale Tierlaboratorien "Mäusebunker") , 1971D–1980

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  • Part of a series of standalones for the Free University Berlin. The martial exterior is reminiscent of a naval ship or the Star Destroyer in Star Wars and stands in an oppressive relationship to the use of the lab for animal tests. Nicknamed the “Mouse Bunker” as a consequence. However, every special feature has its use, for example the blue tubes which resemble cannon tubes serve for air supply and the triangular windows for indirect daylight. 

  • Vacated since 2020. The scheduled demolition in fall 2020 was canceled last minute in response to a rescue campaign, followed by public outcry. Currently the heritage authorities are preparing a model discussion platform about potential future scenarios. While demolition no longer seems to be a likely scenario, the building’s future is still unclear.