1st August 2012
BMW Guggenheim Lab greeted with hostility, but sent off with gratitude
The BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin may have had a difficult start, but in retrospect, the project was a fruitful one. “I am very happy that it did take place,” Matthias Köhne, mayor of the Berlin borough of Pankow, told the news agency dapd on Friday. After the proposal for the Lab was met with hostility in the popular but socially deprived Kreuzberg neighborhood in June, the future of the project remained uncertain. Köhne, a politician from the Social Democratic Party, supported its relocation to his borough. “The people from New York were a bit afraid after that... At first it was a big struggle, a big effort to make sure that the Lab stays in Berlin,” Köhne told dapd.