Floating theatre on the river Spree
- by BOARD
Eisfabrik : We propose to use the existing machines of the ice-making factory on the opposite bank of the Spree river in Berlin to produce a floating stage out of block ice pieces.
Block Ice : Block ice is typically 20cm wide and deep, and 150cm long. With water and salt, 4225 pieces can be “glued” together to create a 13m x 13m large stage that floats on water.
Balance : Such a floating platform would be ideal to stage a theatre version of the Academy Award-winning animated film “Balance” from 1989, the year in which the Berlin Wall fell.
Balance between East and West : As the site was the boundary between East and West Berlin before 1989, the five strange men of the performance will not only balance on a platform, but as well between east and west.
Ephemeral Stage : As the stage is made of ice blocks, it will melt after a couple of days in the water transforming the performance into an ephemeral event and a unique moment.
Audience Space and Facilities : We propose to locate the space for the audience and all the facilities for the theatre on the land using the existing resources of the Holzmarkt as much as possible.
architect: BOARD | team: Bernd Upmeyer, Katerina Petrocheilou, Apostolia L. Sofiadi | client: Architecture Commission of OISTAT | status: Competition (2015) | location: Berlin, Germany | climate: Continental, Temperate | material: undefined | environment: Riverside | visualizer: Studio | scale: 169 m2 small | types: intervention, microarchitecture | views: 3.683