by , 03/24/06

While students at Berlin’s Free University are studying hard inside Foster’s glowing domed library, the more leisurly-minded of their fellow citizens might be enjoying another of the City’s radiant new architectural attractions– the Winter Badeschiff on the Spree River.

The eye-catching swimming pool and saunas anchored off the banks of the river in East Berlin are a project conceived by local artist, Susanne Lorenz, to enliven city life along the river neglected river.

Created from a converted cargo ship, the year-old Badeschiff first opened in the summer of 2004 as a multidisciplinary art project organized by the Stadtkustprojekte (City Art Project Society) of Berlin. The sunken hull of the transformed vessel now offers a pristine 8 x 32 meter pool. Resting almost level with the Spree’s surface the design gives one the sensation of swimming in the river itself with the city skyline as a dramatic backdrop.

An open-air recreational complex in the warm months, the curving translucent shelter and saunas were added just last December, under the direction of architect Gil Wilk, making the Badeschiff suitable for winter use. Its open until 12 midnight everyday and an adjoining bar, boasting a sandy floor, completes the winter oasis.

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  1. RichardGabriel April 17, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I wrote this earlier, then got out of the page before sending it, and returned to find that my message was gone.
    I am an architect in Sacramento, California, USA, writing to ask a favor.
    There is a comment/offer on your web page from Leonardo Perez-Olivera of Buenos-Aires, Argentina.
    Leo is an old friend of mine, and my contact with him has been lost.
    Would you be so kind as to furnish me with his email address?
    Or, if that is not appropriate in your view, please furnish him with mine.
    Your trouble would be most appreciated.
    Thank you. May you have great success in your work.
    Richard Gabriel, AIA –

  2. Leonrdo Pérez Olivera February 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Dear sirs: I am a real stte consulter from Buenos Aires Argentina. Please may you contact me with the developpers of “badeschiff” in order tu try made one here.Thanks you very much!!Greetings

  3. Floating Swimming Pool ... July 23, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    […] The 32 metre-long pool also has a bar with DJs until midnight, and is even open all-year-round. […]

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