Holzmarkt, Berlin, Germany

Thinking nature, economy and culture together in public space


Started in 2004 as Bar25, an improvised bar made of recycled wood in a deserted area, Holzmarkt cooperative has grown today in a creative multispace cultural center, welcoming all generations by the banks of the Spree, trying to offer an alternative to a capital-driven real estate market.


It hosts projects as different as a club, a music studio, a kindergarden, from a yoga studio, and a coworking space, to a bar wine shop, a gallery, and two stages for theater and all kinds of events.

Did you know?

In 2008, 87% of the voting population from Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg supported the referendum ¨Spreeufer fur Alle¨ (“the shores of the river Spree for all”), in which citizens could decide about the use of public space in the area. The Holzmarkt followed this view and opened the area for people to come, stay, experiment and get involved.

Sustainability and Replicability

As a partner, the Swiss “Foundation Abendrot”, acquired the Holzmarkt site in October 2012 in a bidding process. The Holzmarkt Cooperative takes over a part of the property in hereditary lease. All the cooperative investors pay the rent and thus allow to create a little citizen owned village in the center of Berlin.

Lessons learned

Sustainability and development are not necessarily opposites: change can be ecologically, socially and economically sustainable, and it is important for all to voice out and fight for an alternative vision of the city.

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