LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

Project Summary

Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct

The Flussbad project is located in the center of Berlin and transforms an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural 745m “swimming pool”. The facility is the equivalent of seventeen Olympic swimming pools with an average width of 28.8m and features a 780m-long reed bed filtration system.

The Flussbad will have a direct and strong impact on the quality of urban life and will make a positive ecological contribution through the remediation of the city’s waterways.

Project Timeline

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Jan and Tim Edler, from Utopia to Reality
Swimming with the current of public opinion
Klaus Töpfer shows support for Berlin’s Flussbad
Flood of support for Flussbad project
Substantial grant to produce an in-depth design and hydrological report
“The poetic metamorphosis of a rather undefined public space in the historic city center of Berlin” – Global Holcim Awards Jury
Berlin Flussbad project wins global award for sustainable construction
“Inspired driver of sustainability”
“Celebrating urban living” – Bronze for the “Flussbad” project in Germany
Project Entry for Global Holcim Awards 2012
Holcim Awards Gold to urban renewal project in Germany
“An excellent example of what could be achieved within challenging inner city areas” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2011 for Europe
Project Details
Berlin, Germany
Tim Edler
Main Author
Tim Edler
realities:united, Germany
Jan Edler
Main Author
Jan Edler
realities:united, Germany
Denise Dih
Further Author
Denise Dih
DODK Architekten BDAD
Bronze 2012
Gold 2011
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