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Opening in 2024, Flussbad is a home for adventurous culture and ideas that aims to build a kinder, more collaborative world.
Flussbad occupies the site of the former Lichtenberg Municipal River Baths, a Weimar-era public bathing facility that once welcomed up to 10,000 visitors per day. Opened to much fanfare in May of 1927, the 50,000 square-meter plot on the Rummelsburger Bucht included four outdoor pools lined by wooden walkways, a diving tower, changing cabins and a sandy beach. Designed by pioneering architect and city planner Rudolf Gleye, the site was colloquially known as Freibad Klingenberg because of its proximity to the massive Klingenberg combined heat and power plant (today a natural gas plant run by Vattenfall). During the cooler season, the water in the warm pool was heated with runoff water from the neighboring power plant.
The river baths closed during the Second World War, then opened briefly after the war ended before shutting down for good in 1950. By that time, most urban riversides were too polluted to allow bathing, and nearly all of Europe’s many river baths had closed down. From the 1950s until German reunification, the site was home to the East German customs administration. Then it was left dormant. Nature took over, turning the former open-air swimming pool into an enchanted natural landscape, a perfect spot for illegal raves in the 1990s and early 2000s. Today's Flussbad nods to the site's unique history through its sustainable redevelopment of ex-industrial eastern Berlin for the purpose of leisure and hospitality.
10317 Berlin, Germany
1070-085 Lisbon, Portugal