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Bärenquell Brewery in Berlin Niederschöneweide

Historical facilities, buildings of Bärenquell Brewery under monument protection

The former Bärenquell Brewery is located in the Berlin area of Niederschöneweide and belongs to the district of Treptow-Köpenick. The original brewery complex was situated on the current Schnellerstraße and was established as early as 1882. The site was built on in several stages and continually expanded.

It was in use until 1 April 1994. The site had been sold several times over its history, new plots were added and the buildings were extended. Today parts of the premises are under monument protection, which affects both the buildings of the original facility as well as the later extensions.

Buildings dating back to 1882 to 1969 in various styles

The oldest building on the plot is the official’s living quarters of 1882, designed by Robert Buntzel, a brick building with an emphasised central projection. The administrative building of 1888 is almost as old and by the same architect, which is in the neo-Renaissancestyle. The building has a striking tower. In 1901 a bottle storage building was erected by H. O. Obligat, which has a historic neo-Gothic boundary wall.


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In 1902 H. O. Obligat added the barrel factory with barrel wood storage facility in the same style, which consists of a long neo-Gothic wing towards the road. The southern and machinery building from 1906 were also built by H. O. Obligat. This is a central brewery building. It is on four floors and also maintained in a neo-Gothic style and looks similar to a castle. The stables from 1910 blend in with the latter and they were also built by H. O. Obligat. It is not precisely clear who the architect was for the remaining buildings.

A beer bottle cellar with loading station dates back to 1914 and the storage buildings were added to in 1920. The expressionisticbuilding on the plot is a workshop from 1927, with a house being builton the site in the same year. In 1928 a beer storage facility with cooling tower was constructed on the site in the expressionisticstyle and the so-called New Southern House was added only in 1969. The building now stands on the location of the former boiler building and is in the international modern style.

Bärenquell Brewery–condition and development of the site and buildings

The site of Bärenquell Brewerywas under private ownership for a long time and was probably intended to be developed with a DIY or furniture store. The plans for the latter were already well-advanced, some of the buildings built between 1882 and 1902 were to be released from monument protection and demolished for such a new development. However, luckily this did not come about because the last owner was required to submit a new concept of use by 2015, which hedid not do. Instead the plots were sold again.

The site is located in a situation and with buildings that offer many opportunities. Various teams of architects wereapproached and they incorporate their own ideas and options for the development and design of the project. Intermediate use of the site or individual areas and buildings is conceivable. The area usage plan and the retail trade development concept issued by the district prescribe retail use, which should firstly not be centre-relevant and secondly must take account of the monument protection.

Despite the many negative headlines over the last few years, the buildings on the brewerysite have a lot of potential. The facilities are wide-ranging, the buildings mostly worth preserving and repairs often seem possible. Like the facilities in Hamburg’s Speicherhafen, the brick buildings appear impressive, and this is a view which can be used sustainably and beneficially with the corresponding planning.

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