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Clean water is considered a respected common good and delightfully accords with the cultural heritage in the centre of Berlin.

The area of clean swimmable water will stretch from the Schloss Bridge all along Museum Island, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, and end at the Bode Museum. In the 19th and 20th centuries, this area was often used as a site to showcase key social values, themes and identities. In fact, it continues to be used in that manner today. Indeed, the entire area has a strong representative character and an extraordinarily symbolic charge that finds architectural expression in the City Palace, the Lustgarten and the buildings that make up Museum Island.
Swimmer in front of the James Simon Gallery and the Pergamonmuseum; Rendering cc realities:united, Flussbad Berlin 2016
Setting up the Flussbad at this location means opening up tremendous opportunities. The project will allow for the presentation of a series of key new themes and values supported by a broad social consensus and communicated through the project. The themes and values that will gain increased recognition include the responsible handling of resources, the dialogue between different social groups, active participation and an interest in experiencing Berlin’s different historical layers and fostering sustainable urban life. By integrating Berlin’s historic and highly symbolic centre into the quest for the city and society of the future, the Flussbad project enhances and broadens the relevance of the site and the cultural values represented there. Creating access to the water will especially raise the quality and attractiveness of the existing public spaces within the project area. It will also help to broaden the possibilities in an increasingly one-dimensional, tourist-oriented area by fostering a non-commercial, nature-oriented usage of the public space in which everyone is invited to participate.