You might have heard the news recently: After its closing last year the beloved Stattbad Wedding is currently being demolished and will soon have disappeared entirely. For the last couple of years if was filled with a lot of subcultural and nightlife projects including artists studios and workshops, offices for start-ups, a nightclub and bar, a space for concerts, exhibitions, screenings and dinner and whatever other project you can imagine inside the 4 tiled walls of a giant empty swimming pool. From my perspective its exactly these types of projects that use an abandoned relic of the past as a grow house for new progressive and alternative creativity that make Berlin what it is today. A hub for creative minds and alternative approaches from all over the world. It’s more than sad that places like Stattbad Wedding are not appreciated or supported by city officials and I’m worried that this will be harmful to the uniqueness of the city in the long run.
Right now I am just sick to my stomach how the city discards these creative hubs like trash to build new commercial quarters that are soulless, exploitive and ultimately poisoning our beautiful city. I understand that change and progress are necessary for Berlin, but I don’t think this is the way to go right now.
To contribute that the legacy of Stattbad Wedding is kept alive beyond its own physical existence, in the same way we like to keep places like HBC, Ostgut, and Bar25 alive by continuing to talk about them, I have collected some of my favorite photos of Stattbad Wedding in its prime.
Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau, courtesy Neue Berliner Räume
See also our Stattbad Wedding Chronicles for more about what was going on in this great place.