February 01, 2012
Along the river Havel chain of lakes and waterways the former industrial quarters of Berlin- Spandau are in the course of urban reconfiguration. While the many waterfront sites in the vast area have been converted to residential developments, the evolvement of the inland sites is following at a more careful pace. The branch canal is part of the historic industrial structures where much of the former industrial structure and charm remains. The short piece of promenade along Maselake Canal grasps this rough substructure and establishes a new, pre-configured infrastructure. Where residences will soon be built, the promenade along the canal unlocks the potentials of the inland waterfront. The former functional vain of a working landscape, is now turned into a public park. Next to a generous green square, a stairway of lawn redefines the head of the canal, choreographing the linear vista into the distance and simultaneously giving access to the water in a matter of course way.
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