• Floating theatre on the river Spree

  • 1479-BOA-BER.DE-2015
  • 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