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Realarchitektur is a Berlin based architectural practice owned and directed by Petra Petersson Architektin BDA. Realarchitektur was founded in 2003.


One of our first commissions was the award winning project Sammlung Boros, the conversion and extension of a listed air-raid bunker in Berlin for the contemporary art collector Christian Boros to house art, living and exhibition spaces. Realarchitektur exhibited the bunker in the German contribution to the Architecture Biennale in Venice “Convertible City”. The project has been exhibited, published and has received a series of awards such as for example a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Preis, Nordic architecture price Forum AID, the “Architekturpreis Beton”, the third prize in the contract world award, the BDA prize Berlin, and honorary mention at the Architekturpreis Berlin. » list of awards and publication

Realarchitektur won a competition for a collective housing project in Tensta, Stockholm and was presented at the housing exhibition Bo06. The low rise, high density proposal based on a modular town-house concept used to urbanise mainly developments from the 1960, is being realised with the client, Familjebostäder on different sites in the suburbs of Stockholm. It is part of a series of urban studies such as “Schneller Wohnen” (in cooperation with IFAU), boalla housing competition (honorary mention); all dealing with the complexity of modern cities and interactions of its inhabitants. In Stockholm, a housing project, a preschool and the first in a series of seven villas haven been completed.

Currently Realarchitektur is also working on diverse projects for private and public use in Berlin and Stockholm. Amongst other an art-centre with a theatre, galleries, artist studios and private houses are being developed in close cooperation with the clients and the future tenants. One of the project has been awarded by the Architekturpreis Berlin 2013.

“For Realarchitektur, inspiration comes easily thanks to the architects' inquisitive natures: by examining the underused, the everyday and the familiar, and combining their findings within the project restrictions and spatial situation, they see themselves as transformers of what is already there.” (101 of the world’s most exciting new architects, Wallpaper Architects directory)

Petra Petersson Architektin BDA,
was born 1966 in Lund, Sweden; went to school in France, Switzerland, USA, Germany and Sweden; studied architecture from 1985 at Lunds TH in Sweden and at the Mackintosh School / Glasgow School of Art in Scotland; Diploma of Architecture 1991.
She has 20 years of post graduate working experience within the architecture trade; until 2003 she was employed in architects offices in Glasgow, Auckland, Stockholm and Berlin. She was the Project Director for the conversion of a historical building to house the headquarters of the television company SAT1 in Berlin and for an office complex of  85.000 m² with 2.000 offices, film archives and multimedia spaces in Munich.
Since 2003 she is a registered member of the Berlin Architectural Association and founder of Realarchitektur. She was member of the jury awarding the Swedish wood architectural prize Träpriset 2008 and 2012, and of the jury awarding the Europan Sweden 2010. She has been teaching at the Architecture department of the Erfurt University for Applied Siences. She is an elected member of the Architectural Comittee for the City of Erfurt. Since 2007 she is a Member of the BDA (Bund Deutscher Architekten) .
Petra Petersson is appointed as a professor of Architecture at the Technical University in Graz. She is the head of the new Institute for construction and design principles at the faculty for Architecture.

Realarchitekten // collaborators:
Kerstin Zahn, Henning Watkinson, Gordon Black, Tabea Däuwel, Daniel Niens,
Anne Neumann, Fíona Canavan, Julia Hegenwald

Philipp Bünger, Felix Arlt, Emi Bryan, Julia Molles, José Calvet, Julia Otte, Andrew E. Strickland (founding partner 2003–05) » www.strickland.ch, Jens casper (founding partner 2003–2007) » www.jenscasper.com, Wolfgang List alias CosmicW » www.divany.at, Bernadette Krejs, Karin Maria Derix, Dorina Siewert, Sören Hanft

Collaborators and friends:
Dennis Ratzlaff – Visual Communication » www.typoindex.de
Wilk-Salinas Architekten » www.gil-wilk.de
ifau, Institut für angewandte Urbanistik » www.ifau.berlin.heimat.de
Annabau Sofia Petersson » www.annabau.com
Studio Hanns Joosten » www.hannsjoosten.de
Noshe » www.noshe.com
Arun Kuplas Photography » www.arunkuplas.com
Hans Feyerabend » www.feyerabend.com
Christina Erman Widerberg and Martin Widerberg » www.widerbergfilm.com
Felix Odell » www.felixodell.com
Jan Fidjeland arkitektkontor » www.fidjeland.se
AGP Architekten Wolfgang Meier » www.architekten-agp.de

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