Kleist-Villa & Bank building

Kleist Villa & Bank Building

The Federal State of Brandenburg made the premises of the Kleist Villa on Berliner Strasse 130 and the office building on Helmholtzstrasse 5 available to the IASS.

Potsdam’s Berliner Vorstadt borough extends along Berliner Strasse, flanked by two lakes, the Heiliger and the Tiefer See. The area is full of world heritage sites such as Babelsberg Park and the New Garden and is a popular residential area of Potsdam.


This part of the city has recently experienced a revival with the building of the Schiffbauergasse Cultural Centre on a former military and commercial site. It is now home to the Hans Otto Theatre, the Fabrik Dance Theatre, T-Werk, the Fluxus Plus Museum and the Waschhaus.


A Short History of the Kleist Villa


Built for Oberst von Malachowski, commander of Guard Hussars in Potsdam


Owned by the Royal Chamberlain Baron Ewald von Kleist (rebuilt by the architect Otto Rehnig)


Privately owned by Otto von Wrede


The premises were sold to the Garantie- und Kreditbank


Purchased by the City of Potsdam and transferred to the Brandenburg branch of the Deutsche Investitionsbank; subsequently taken over by the State Bank of the GDR


Potsdam head office of the German Central Bank


Renovation and subsequent use by the German Central Bank as a training centre

Since 2009

Location of the IASS