Opening in spring of 2022, Marina Marina is a creative campus at the intersection of wellbeing, culture and sustainability set at the site of the historic Spree River Baths in one of Berlin’s most dynamic emergent cultural quarters.
- 01 Werft
- 02 Platte
- 03 Ritualraum
- 04 Bootshaus
An architectural collaboration of neo-brutalist master Arno Brandlhuber with Christian Kerez and Muck Petzet, the Werft is the central hub of Marina Marina’s assemblage of adaptive reuse and new constructions. The modular curved concrete structure houses 42 guestrooms, a 186-square-meter penthouse with private rooftop garden, a library and ground-floor exhibition space an amphitheater,where the Slow community comes together to share knowledge, ideas and creative works.
Shaped by function and the raw sourcing of used materials, the interiors by Austrian designer Monika Gogl create a supportive environment, free from distraction, to help guests set their minds to what matters. In the Library, a constantly evolving collection of titles reflect the goals, interests and sensibilities of Slow, from art and design to green energy, biodynamic agriculture and the preservation of ancient spiritual practices.
Set within an original concrete structure that was once a local customs administration building, the Platte holds coworking and office spaces that host a range of companies, agencies and organizations with shared values and common goals.
Designed by Austrian architect and designer Monika Gogl, a subterranean ritual and performance space with a pyramidal thatched-reed roof pays homage to ancient temples across various cultures and traditions. A 360-degree integrated sound system by spatial sound pioneers 4DSOUND is built directly into the walls, enabling a dizzying variety of performance and practice, from mind-body rituals to experimental soundscapes. Two breakout rooms lead to a terrace hovering directly on the surface of the river.
Set within one of the site’s original structures are two restaurants by celebrated Danish chef Frederik Brille Brahe. A casual daytime cafeteria on the ground floor serves as a social hub for the campus and wider neighborhood, while the second-floor restaurant serves multicourse, vegetable-forward cuisine. The structure’s original lifeguard tower is a late-night spot with a curated selection of rare craft sakes from Japan and Europe. An underground passageway leads from the Ritualraum to the Bootshaus.
About the Campus
A symbiotic landscape integrated into its verdant riverside surroundings, Marina Marina was designed to encourage collaborative ideation and creativity. As the headquarters of Slow, the ensemble of mixed-use spaces will host a diverse range of public and private events, artistic performances, exhibitions, mind-body practices and gatherings that might range in scope from an international idea festival to an intimate dinner.
Marina Marina occupies the site of the former Lichtenberg Municipal River Baths (Städtisches Flussbad Lichtenberg), 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, the Rummelsburg area of Lichtenberg has been rediscovered by a new generation. Rummelsburg’s new creative landmarks include Funkhaus, an ambitious riverside music and performance complex housed in the former East Berlin broadcasting headquarters, and Studio Tomás Saraceno, a two-building former chemical factory facility that the Argentinian artist transformed into a fantastical studio for his interactive architectural installations and sculptures exploring clean energy, “cloud cities” and the habitats of spiders.
Further down the river are the studios of celebrated local artists Anselm Reyle, Jorinde Voigt and Alicja Kwade. Marina Marina architect Arno Brandlhuber is also building his own new headquarters nearby. Designated a development area in 1992, the roughly 320-acre Rummelsburger Bucht site is being planned in accordance with an “urban landscape” concept drawn up by architects Klaus Theo Brenner and Karl Thomanek.
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