EISWERK TODAY

Time still seems to stand still in the area around EISWERK, once directly located on the border separating Berlin’s East from the West. Berlin-Mitte’s Koepenicker Strasse stretches along the River Spree from Mitte to Kreuzberg and was cut off from bustling city life while the Wall was still standing. This was in stark contrast to earlier times; built at the end of the 19th century, the former ice factory represented the city’s growth, significance, and productivity at that time. But decades of neglect have taken their toll and today, the dilapidated buildings offer a pitiful sight. Now, EISWERK is ready for a contemporary renaissance, for an infusion of 21st century vigor.

EISWERK stretches over an area of approx. 8,800 m² and comprises a former cooling house and a residential building with a side wing and a middle wing. What is today known as the ice factory building, identifiable through the  smokestack, is not part of the plot. By combining old structures and new construction, Trockland will instill vitality into the buildings which are protected by the conservation authorities. It is planned to create a new urban hub offering a convergence of living, working, and cultural activities right on the banks of the River Spree.

Waterside locations with development potential have become very scarce in the city center and EISWERK will evolve into an enviable destination. This section of both river banks, known as Holzblockufer (wood block bank), is clearly growing into one of the capital’s most fascinating creative centers; EISWERK will be part of a contemporary and inspiring environment in dialogue with the historical ambience of existing buildings.

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Neglected and fenced in for years, EISWERK will become a lively place for all those who will live and work here – and open for all others, too.

THE COOLING HOUSE

Initially built as an ice production plant in 1896, the building has experienced a chequered history. After the construction of a new boiler and machine house it was used by the letterpress company Walther Peck Buchdruck, and eventually converted into a large cooling house. The windows were bricked over to facilitate the cooling of food and produce. In recent years it was a paradise for squatters and graffiti artists, and even ruins tourists.

With a little imagination, it’s already conceivable. Once refurbished, the loft character of the cooling house make it ideally suited for new forms of workspaces and creative activities.

THE DWELLING

Though currently in a poor condition, the apartment building still reflects the glory of a bygone era.

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