Place for social discourse and interdisciplinary laboratory of the future
The A.K.T; is a place for social discourse and an interdisciplinary laboratory of the future.
The A.K.T; examines current issues from the perspective of design and art
and makes the social relevance of art and design visible.
The A.K.T; in the stairwell tower of the former Alfons-Kern-Schule in Pforzheim offers
space on several floors: Regular exhibitions are held on two floors.
On the top floor, students of the Master’s programme Design & Future Making
of Pforzheim University explore in the MADLAB Zukunftsfragen, and on the ground and first floor is the Café Roland at home.
The A.K.T; (former Alfons-Kern-Turm) is the staircase of the Alfons-Kern School. The building was constructed in 1953 as a new building for the vocational school
inaugurated. Among other trades, watchmakers were also trained there. When the school was extended in 1957, it was named Alfons-Kern School after the Pforzheimer Stadtbaumeister.
Thanks to the listed sundial, which is located on the south side and was built in 1956 by
Pforzheim artists Wolfgang Kappis and Rolf Gröger as a visible sign of tradition
of the watchmaking craft in Pforzheim, the tower remained. In 2012 the Café Roland was founded as an interim use project initiated by the Department of Creative Industries and students of the Faculty of Design. Due to the lack of
infrastructure, however, it could initially only be run in the summer months.
In the context of the 250th anniversary of the Goldstadt Pforzheim in 2017, the Alfons-Kern-
tower was renovated with the help of sponsors, so that since then, year-round operation is possible.
The A.K.T; is located in the creative quarter at the Enz, directly opposite the EMMA – Creative Centre
Pforzheim and within walking distance to the Faculty of Design at Pforzheim University.
The reconstruction of the Alfons-Kern-Turm was financed by:
Werner Wild Foundation, Pforzheim Public Utilities, Thüga