Schwimmhalle Pankow

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It seems like nobody likes to go swimming anymore these days. Or at least one gets that impression when looking at the amount of abandoned swimming pools Berlin has. The city has no money to repair them – and despite the historic and architectural value, most of them remain closed for the foreseeable future. It would be foolish to think that the fate of 1970s Public Pool would be any different – and it is. The Schwimmhalle Pankow, closed 12 years ago will most likely never open again.

*Schwimmhalle Pankow History*

Berlin, Pankow, Schwimmhalle, Hallenbad

The Schwimmhalle Pankow- an abandoned swimming pool – was built in 1971 as an addition to the Freibad Pankow, an open air – summer public pool, to provide the residents with a possibility to go swimming all year around.

Designed by the architect Gunther Derdau, the pool was built as a prototype and model for several other public pools in Berlin. It was equpied with a modern water filtration system (not all too common at the time) and a energy saving appliances.

The roof was constructed out of prestressed concrete – in a so-called VT Fold (making it look wavy). This form enabled the roof to be extremely durable and thin, and was used in multiple East German buildings.

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The swimming pool had a dimension of 25 x 12.5 meters and a continuous water depth of 1.80 m. It offered 5 lanes, and was even accessible for old and/or disabled people through a staircase.  At the end of the pool was a 12 x 8.5 meter large non-swimmers pool which had its own water treatment plant which could adjust the water temperature in relatively short time.  In addition of having 2 pools, the building housed a modest Sauna in the cellar.

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Both the open air Freibad and the Schwimmhalle were taken over in 1996 by the Berliner Bäderbetrieben. After the restoration plans fell through, the Pool was shut down due to the high maintenance costs in 2001. Over the years, the residents, the district and the city have been arguing about the fate of the pool – and earlier this year it seemed like a solution was found to reopen the pool. The hopes were short-lived as the money which would have been allocated to the refurbishment of the Schwimmhalle Pankow was given to another Public Swimming Pool.

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The Schwimmhalle has recently come under an arson attack so it is in terrible shape. Some idiots smashed the glass front windows and everything inside, ending their destructive spree by setting fire to the basement. This mindless act of vandalism most likely ended any hopes of restoring the building and opening it up to the public again.

Schwimmhalle Pankow

Adress: Wolfshagener Straße 91

13187 Berlin ‎- Pankow

Public Transport: Take the S1, S2, S8, S9 S-Bahn or the U2 U-Bahn to the Pankow Station. From there its just a short walk to the Schwimmhalle.

4 Comments

  1. ebe says:

    Lovely pics & history – as always. I love getting a look at all these abandoned places, but hate that so many are under attack by pure vandals. Thanks for capturing it as it stands now.

  2. WOW – sehr beeindruckende Bilder.

    Irgendwie jedoch ein Spiegelbild unserer Zeit, die einen auch etwas traurig machen kann, wenn man sich betrachtet, wieviele öffentliche Einrichtungen aus Geldmangel einfach verfallen. Besonders in Berlin finden sich offenbar mehr wie genügend solcher Beispiele.

    Deine Fotos stellen diese Tatsache wirklich gut in den Betrachtungswinkel und sollten vielleicht mal bei der nächsten Bundestagsentscheidung, wenn wieder “Bankenrettungspakete” beschlossen werden, als Fotoslideshow gezeigt werden. Vielleicht fällt es dem einen oder anderen ja dann auf, dass man das Geld in unserem Land durchaus auch verwenden könnte.

    Viele Grüße und weiter so.

  3. Very impressive pics. Thanks for posting them. Taking pictures of old urban places is one of my favorites.

  4. rob says:

    awesome pics, and stories! thanks for sharing

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