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Green Light for Temporary Flussbad Information and Exhibition Platform: Historical Site to Showcase Flussbad Berlin Project in Spree Canal Including Pilot Water-Filter System

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

At yesterday’s 1st Annual Flussbad Summer Fest, we had the pleasure of celebrating the end of the season with over 250 Flussbad Association members, supporters, politicians and many neighbours in the courtyard of the European School for Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin). The get-together provided us with the opportunity to showcase a number of forthcoming projects and especially to introduce a key new partnership: our neighbours at ESMT are now active supporters of the Flussbad Berlin project and have agreed to make an 865 m2 historical area along the Spree Canal available for a limited time free-of-charge starting right now.  

We are therefore happy to announce that from early summer 2017 to late 2018, the Flussbad Berlin Association will open a public platform on the ESMT site designed to function as an exhibition and discussion area for issues relating to the project. It will also function as a summer event location and a presentation space for other projects dealing with urban public space.

The terrace area, which is still in the planning phase at this point, will serve as a window on the history of swimming and bathing culture in Berlin. It will trace the foundations of a bathing area known as the “Doppel-Badeanstalt” (“Double Bathing Area”) that was built on this very site in the Mühlengraben area of the Spree Canal between 1895 and 1897, and which closed in 1925. The area will be constructed on a 1:1 scale based on historical sketches.

The information platform on the banks of the Spree Canal at the ESMT will be accompanied by a floating water-filter system. A unique filter system is also currently in the planning phase and will be built into the historical ship known as the “Hans-Wilhelm” belonging to the Historical Port of Berlin. The idea here is to operate a scaled version of the natural filter system planned for the Flussbad. This pilot filter project will last for two years and be monitored scientifically, with all results integrated into the ultimate design of the actual Flussbad in the Spree Canal.

The realisation of these projects is made possible with support from the "National Urban Planning Project" initiated in 2014 by Germany’s Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment.

Please contact us with any questions or queries you might have. Thank you for your interest in our project and for passing on this information to others.

All the best,

Barbara Schindler