Holzmarkt – Berlin’s New Urban Village
Creative minds in Berlin have been given a brand new place to hang out, live and work – and tourists may soon follow – as alternative village Holzmarkt (timber market) opens for business.
Where party-goers used to dance the night away at the capital’s famed Bar 25 nightclub along the banks of the river Spree, Holzmarkt is today home to co-working spaces, food stalls, an events hall, hairdresser, exhibition space and a daycare center.
“Hang around, eat, drink, play and get sunburnt,” goes the motto of the new location, which is also home to one of Berlin’s best-known nightclubs, KaterHolzig.
Holzmarkt is also home to the popular beach bar “Pampa” with its mix of DIY panel furniture, sofas and hammocks open for everyone who wants to enjoy the waterfront of the river Spree. The area is a also a big hit with families, particularly as the kids are able to build sand castles!
The location is also right beside the Urban Gardening project “Mörchenpark e.V.” – which has its own beaver-friendly port at the beach bar, making it a fun activity for visitors looking to check out these cute animals.
The opening of the area is a major victory for those struggling against the many luxury property developments that have changed the face of many of Berlin’s artistic hotspots.
“In the alleys, artists and musicians are working in their studios next to bakers, barbers, merchants and craftsmen,” the people behind Holzmarkt say.
The project was approved in 2012 and is hoped to outlive Berlin’s changing nightclub scene based on a cooperative model that allows for sustainable financing.