New art and gallery complex for Berlin

Berlin, 16 May 2007 – The Art Campus, which is intended to create a new centre for international art, is being developed within walking distance of the Berlin central station. Sometime before the end of the year, international galleries will move into the “Halle am Wasser” (complex on the water), which is located right next to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art and across from the Rieckhalle, a space used for exhibitions and art production. Once the complex has been redeveloped, the Art Campus promises to become a key centre for art and culture right in the heart of Berlin.

Vivico Real Estate has now taken the first step in getting the Art Campus project underway by signing the lease for the “Halle am Wasser” with the gallery owners Kristian Jarmuschek, Friedrich Loock and Dr. Harald Frisch. The area is bordered on the east by Heidestraße and on the west by the Berlin-Spandau canal. The existing structures will be enhanced to form a new center for international art between the two. The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, with its first-class exhibitions, is considered one of the premiere addresses for contemporary art and culture. The Rieckhalle offers international artists of renown plenty of space to carry out their creative work. With the Friedrich Christian Flick collection, it also houses one of the most extensive private collections of 20th and 21st century art.
The 2,500 m2 large “Halle am Wasser” will become part of the existing structures and be an exhibition forum for 8 different local and international galleries and a private art collector. This will create a unique ensemble of art facilities, turning the area north of the main train station into a first-class attraction for art lovers and creative individuals from around the world.
The concept is for the complex comprised of the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Rieckhalle and the redeveloped “Halle am Wasser” to be considered a single unit so that the open spaces, the actual “campus”, can be used for art activities and a sculpture park.
Vivico sees this redevelopment and redesign of the former economic facility into an art campus as a key step towards urban redevelopment in the north of Berlin. Over the long term, the plan is for a new city quarter to come into existence along the Heidestraße.