The Berlin residence is a furnished and well-equipped flat in an apartment building in the Kreutzberg district at Gneisenaustraße 113. The floor area covers more than 150 square metres on two floors.
Due the coronavirus pandemic all need to avoid non-essential travel, and the artist residences of Berlin and London is temporarily unavailable.
Invoicing for residence weeks 27–53 for the rest of the year will be postponed. The weeks in the first half of 2021 will be applied for at a later date to be announced.
The Finnish Musicians’ Union will follow the situation and the aim for residence is to open it for rent as soon as possible.
Apartment and its furnishing
The residence is a furnished and well-equipped residential unit in an apartment building in the western part of the Kreutzberg district at Gneisenaustraße 113. The floor area covers more than 150 square metres on two floors connected by an indoor spiral staircase. Upstairs, there is a large living room/work space, a dining room, kitchen and bathroom/toilet. Downstairs, there is a living room/workroom and two bedrooms and a bathroom/toilet.
The upstairs living room/workroom has a grand piano equipped with headphones for playing, for instance, during the night. The downstairs work/living area is equipped for electronic music work with a MIDI/USB keyboard, a 24-inch computer display, a mixer and Genelec powered speakers. Users need to bring their own laptop with them.
The upstairs living room has a large flat-screen TV and a 5.1 sound system. There is a TV also in the downstairs living area. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher and basin and cooking utensils. The downstairs bathroom has a washer dryer.
You can play and practise in a manner that is suitable in an apartment building, that is, within reason and taking neighbours into account.
In the immediate vicinity of the flat, there is a full range of services, such as restaurants, a pharmacy, a bank, a launderette, a metro station, a taxi stand and shopping facilities. Nearby, there are also places where you can enjoy music.
The residence weeks are drawn every six months, and people who have been members of the Musicians’ Union for at least six months by that time can participate in the draw.
The residence can accommodate up to seven people. Since the residence is mainly intended for work purposes, you can only be accompanied by members of your family.
As a rule, the rental period is one week, from Monday to Monday. This means, for example, that you have to pay a full week’s rent even if you only spend four days at the residence.
The weekly rent for the Berlin residence is EUR 350 including one set of linen (bed linen and towel) and a clean-up once a week on Monday afternoon. Additional guests (with additional linen) cost EUR 40 each (for example, a week for 4 persons would cost EUR 350 + EUR 120 = EUR 470).