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Flussbad Berlin

One day, when visitors to the Flussbad Berlin swim their laps in the crystal clear water of the Spree, we will know for certain that we have successfully implemented a very special project. The Flussbad will not only clean a section of the Spree Canal, it is also set to contribute to the sustainable development of Berlin. The Flussbad will attract residents and guests to the centre of the city, thus granting Berlin's historical core an additional, forward-looking role as a place to explore many of society's current values and issues, including ecology, sustainability and participation. In other words, the Flussbad is about much more than just swimming in the Spree.

The Flussbad Berlin project seeks to transform the banks of the Spree River and Spree Canal into a new meeting place for urban SOCIETY. Our goal is to focus on the river, and make it a fresh lifeline at the centre of Berlin – accessible to all and open to new experiences.

In other words, the oldest, most historic site in Berlin could simultaneously become its most modern setting. The Flussbad Berlin is a sustainable, forward-looking urban development project and would complement the museum culture already present at the site in an ideal manner. Indeed, the Flussbad Berlin would transform the Spree Canal into a new URBAN SPACE. Three sections are foreseen within the project area, which extends over a length of roughly 1.8 kilometres from the Fischerinsel to the Bode- Museum: a re-naturalised area, a natural plant filter area adjacent to the Federal Foreign Office where the SPREE WATER would be cleaned and, finally, a 840 meter section between Schlossplatz and Bode- Museum where visitors would have access for the first time to a fresh river in line with the principles ECOLOGY.  

The Flussbad project seeks to take up its place in the TRADITION of historic river baths as well as in the unvarying transformation along the banks of the Spree Island over the course of centuries. By making the Spree accessible to all and thus raising awareness among the urban population, the project also sees itself as part of an international movement that puts the spotlight back on urban rivers as valuable resources. In recognition of these factors, the project is being supported by the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin. The Flussbad has the potential not only to benefit the ECONOMY of Berlin, but also to generate added social value for the city.

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  • Project Sitemap from Museum Island in the North to Fishermen Island (Fischerinsel) to the South (cc realities:united, 2015)

  • Section through open staircase at Lustgarten, Status technical feasibility study 2015 (cc realities:united, 2015)

  • Natural reed-bed filter at Friedrichsgracht (© realities:united, 2015)

  • Filtersystem at Friedrichsgracht - Sitemap (cc realities:united, 2015)

  • 3D-section through filter at Friedrichsgracht showing layer of flood water management channels underneath filter package, status technical feasibility study 2015 (cc realities:united, 2015)

  • Sitemap of re-naturalized river bed at Fishermen Island (Fischerinsel). Between high rise housing blocks of socialist urban modernism and Baroque bank buildings a new qualified public space is designed which grants access to the river-water. (cc realities:united, 2015)

  • "Green pocket" and archaeological window: By exposing suspected remnants of the old city wall one can look into Berlins urban history. A boardwalk at water level serves as public path through the whole project area (cc realities: united, 2016)

  • Grüne Tasche und archäologisches Fenster durch Freilegung vermuteter Reste der alten Stadtmauer an der Fischerinsel, Steg als Wassernahe Durchwegung durch das Gebiet (cc realities:united, 2016)

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There are several layers of project goals

Economy

Resource friendly, based on needs, care for tradition

The Flussbad Berlin leads to an immediate increase in urban spatial qualities in the historic center of Berlin.

Ecology

Improving the Spree, motivation for water protection

Flussbad Berlin has an actual impact because it cleans a part of the river system within Berlin.

Sociology

A city for all and a symbol of an optimistic future

Flussbad Berlin generates an elementary and accessible use in Berlin's historic center for everybody.