Slow Office, Flussbad, Berlin
The offices for hospitality company Slow are based in the central Platte building of Flussbad, one of Berlin’s most anticipated creative campuses, at the site of the historic Lichtenberg Municipal River Baths in the emerging culture quarter of Rummelsburg. Set within a former East Berlin customs bureau on the banks of the Spree River, the Platte accommodates office spaces for like-minded creatives and entrepreneurs.
Maximizing the existing brutalist structure of the building is key to the initial approach. To connect the two main areas of the space, a pivoting door is added as a permanent spatial sculpture in motion. As a counterbalance, elegant Japanese furniture in matte walnut is added together with sliding walls in smoked ash, framed in raw steel. The atmosphere of tranquility presented throughout the office space, is the result of balancing the existing elements with minimal additions, elevating the essential ambience of the space in its purest form.
Flussbad is an architectural collaboration led by neo-brutalist master Arno Brandlhuber. As it continues its phased opening in 2022 and 2023, its symbiotic landscape of adaptive reuse and new constructions will include exhibition spaces, a hotel, restaurants, creative studios, a library and a subterranean performance space—all integrated into the wild riverfront environment and designed to encourage cooperation and creativity.