Acquiring a castle in the former GDR region of Germany is not an unusual move for investors nowadays. The next step, however, is not that easy.

How to approach a historical or even listed building is a delicate task that experts are asked for. One architect who has specialised on the matter of restoring historical structures and opening them up for new purposes is Uwe Licht, founder of the architects’ office‘raumwandler’in Berlin. ‘raumwandler’ translates both as ‘space transformers’and‘space walkers’.You could say they are walking on a path between the old and the new, carefully changing the existing structure with regards to both the past and the present.