A Beach for Berlin

Luststrand an der Mauer,  a Beach for Berlin was the Master Thesis developed in 2009 by Carolina Gómez. This proposal was accepted by Prae-IBA team 2020 in the project pool. Nowadays, the spontaneous developing of the site, Lohmühleninseln Berlin, still asserts main guidelines


Waterfront Development, Urban Planning, Landscape


Master Thesis,

Proyecto Final de Carrera



// Mapping Luxury Situations in Berlin

The Berlin Beach sits in Lohmühleninsel in the Spree.

While mapping new luxury situations in Berlin, in the frame of ADIP-TU.Berlin program headed by Jean Philipe Vassal, we discovered this empty fields that before separated and now bring together the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. An area instrumentalised for temporary uses, intermediate spaces, clubs, theatres, bars, and other forms of informal cultural hubs with good mobility access.

// Place Identity Organises the Space

Reutilisation of existing resources as Genius Loci

Identity of the place is understood as the reutilisation of existing resources:

-Architectures in the site: Berlin Wall, existing buildings, gas station, bars in the canal,...

-Protecting plants and trees, and reinforcing with local flora

-Focusing on local target group (creatives, entrepreneurs, tourists, students, young families,...), measuring and satisfying their needs

-Informal spaces


// Zero Spontaneity, Maximum Flexibility

Three kind of flexibilities are applied to program the park

-Flexibility through empty space

-Flexibility through multiplying spaces and their qualities (SANAA reference)

-Flexibility through modifying and correcting performance in time (Mies reference)


// Flexibility through Empty Space

Platform Equipped

Where nothing and everything is possible. The objects you bring with you transform this spaces from sports field to cinema area


// Floor Plan as Espèces d’Espaces

Flexibility through multiplying spaces qualities

You can always find an adequate space for a certain use or event.

Topographies, natural swimmingpools and preexisting elements in the site are used as project materials. Also meteorological and technical parameters


// Modifying and correcting Performance

Flexibility through measuring activities and re-programming the park

Mapping by a variety of sensors, energy usage, climate, transportation, security and also functions, physical characteristics of spaces, occupation, comfort,...

It also work as a social network where to interact with other occupants.

Collected data is public so that users can add, rate and participate in constant park re- programation

// Topographies constructing Domestic Public Space

Topographies introduce human dimensions

Re-reading some master pieces:

Le Corbusier inverts the classic order of

- Organic additive topographies and geometric subtractive ones. The sense of limit and their suggestive way of standing on the map.

The different sizes hills in Robin Hood

- Gardens transform the vast space into a human scale one.

- Munich Olympia Park amphitheatres.

Using topographies to separate uses and

- Spaces, also creating privacy areas as in Miralles Igualada Cemetery.

The sequence of hills in the access to Laban Dance Centre.

// Cleaning River Water with Natural Pool System

Bringing the river back to citizens

The water quality of the riverside in Berlin is poor due to the fact that all rain water is collected and directly pump to the river, lowering O2 in water, so species can not survive.

The natural swimming pool system is calculated for collecting the raining water of Kreuzberg-Treptow area. It cleans the water through first and secondary natural bio purification system.

It also creates the natural pools that can be used for leisure activities.

When there is an excess of rain water or in winter time the rain water gets collected in some tanks below the platform over the Spree. Water now can be slowly pumped into the Spree protecting the river natural equilibrium.

// The Park as Floor Plan Negative

Space as the absence of architectures

The firm results in a surface qualified by the project materials and a series of not visible parameters: technological and meteorological

The two main project objectives overlays:

- the value of use
- emptiness as architecture

// Architectures Adaptation

Reusing existing buildings

-Scaffoldings and new openings in Alt-Bau building facade facing the beach

-Protecting the Berlin Wall through the river, connecting it to the site and using it as a waterfront walkway with some adjacent platform where to sunbath and grow some green.

-Reuse of industrial constructions in site as nude structures where to hang plants and infrastructural systems

You can find more information about the project in ISSUU

Environmental parameters

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