Monday, December 22, 2014

Eisfabrik - Ice factory (Kreuzberg)

Although now is not possible anymore to get inside this building, it is still standing.
This factory, built between Kreuzberg and Mitte, is one of the oldest in Germany (1914) and it was working till 1991. At the end of 1800, the ice was produced by cutting ice from the river Spree, then "Norddeutschen Eiswerke AG" society decided to create a factory for it, with two large courtyards (of which one has been then destroyed during WWII). The hot water used to create the ice was also used as hot water for the buildings in the surrounding areas.
In the last years, before 1991, the production was going down, then the fabrik was closed.

Being one of the last examples of this kind of buildings in Germany, the building is now part of the Denkmalschutz (Cultural heritage management) and all the projects to reuse the buildings or to create something new, must consider the original building.

More infos: WIKI (german)

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