Four times a year art lovers, collectors, and patchwork families pour through the doors at the for an open house – the very place where Nadin Maria Rüfenacht lives and works. They’re not alone – notables such as Michael Ballack and Angela Merkel have been seen walking through the studios. Limousines with darkened windows park in front of the galleries, day trippers are guided through the artist’s spaces, or rest with a lemonade on the benches in the shade of the huge red brick halls. The former cotton mill in the west of Leipzig, where yarn was once processed in three shifts a day, has been transformed into the center of the Leipzig art scene. About 100 painters, photographers, sculptors and conceptual artists working on the former factory grounds that The Guardian has dubbed “The Hottest Place on Earth.” Nadin Maria Rüfenacht has lived with her husband, the painter Tilo Baumgärtel, in House 21 for four years. Sharing the former “Functional Building” with them are their five children, their Au Pair, Lizi, three cats and their greyhounds Xavou and Titus, both of which often model for Rüfenacht. The artist studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig and completed her Master’s studies in 2005 with Timm Rautert. This portrait is part of our ongoing collaboration with ZEIT Online who present a special curation of our pictures on .