This one-of-a-kind vessel is both a passenger vehicle and floating art gallery that measures a vast 14 meters in height and 9.5 meters in width, with a capacity to transport and entertain 250 people each river crossing. Inspired by the Italian ‘Galleria’, a commercial and civic passageway held under a high vaulted ceiling, this mobile art and culture platform will redefine the conventional art gallery.
Located in the densely populated Spreeraum district of Berlin, it will connect and unify two long-isolated sides of the Spree River, becoming the lynch pin of a vital new urban hub in the German capital.
Utilising solar and clean technology, the initiative is ecological, inclusive, architecturally iconic, and a bold new platform for Berlin’s inspiring cultural life.
The ferry travels in a triangle between the Mercedes Benz Arena, the Heeresbäckerei (or old Brommy Bridge) and across to the area around Ostbahnhof.
The Ferry Galleria is an efficient, green and affordable public transportation that will modernize Berlin’s waterways.
Public transportation options that improve accessibility to both the main centers and district centers of Berlin.
It uses renewable solar energy to power cleanly into a low carbon future.
It integrates seamlessly with cycling, pedestrian traffic and other public transport options.
By facilitating the flow of pedestrian traffic at the site, it helps to lower automotive traffic volume in the area.
It creates a citizen, retail and business-friendly environment, a strategy that will drive long term investment.
The Ferry Galleria creates eco-friendly transportation innovation for the city of Berlin via new clean, quiet, low emission propulsion technologies – noise pollution, nitrogen oxide pollutions and CO2 emissions will be greatly reduced. It is a user-friendly mode of transport with diverse applications: to get to work, for business passenger traffic, to assist children to school, for tourist travel between some essential city sites. Moreover, the Ferry Galleria is a unique cultural platform in which to display contemporary art and culture, and to host corporate events.
Antonia is the co-founder & an International architect. She studied at The Bauhaus University-Weimar and having held positions with Stephen Taylor Architects London, Kahlfeldt Architects Germany and BBI Berlin Brandenburg International Airport Berlin.
Shannon is the co-founder and producer. He drives the company’s vision, strategy and growth. Murphy has developed international platforms for public engagement over 15 years through Japan, Germany, Spain, U.S.A, Australia & Italy.
Operations, Organisation of Logistical Procedures, Insurances, Hull transportation, The Landing Stations, Management of the Landing Stations, Security, Boat Maintenance, Safety & Emergency equipment, Boat Cleaning, Nautical staff, Statistics.
Legal Counsel & Contractual Arrangements. Recognized by `Best Lawyers` as Lawyer of the Year 2013 for Venture Capital in Berlin and as Lawyer of the Year 2012 and Lawyer of the Year 2011 for Private Equity in Berlin.
Finance & Accountancy. Rover Broenner Susat Mazars is one of Germany`s leading medium-sized consultancy firms. 55 partners and around 700 employees support clients in the areas of auditing, tax as well as corporate finance.
Boat Engineer, Construction, Solar Innovation & Technology. 40 years experience as a ship builder and engineer. Has successfully worked together with Lutz Freise on many ships.
For this project, the architect Lippmann adapts this architectural element onto a floating platform; a ferry in this case, and redefines the conventional contemporary art gallery room.
In crossing Berlin’s Spree River, the arcade is mobilised to create a new spatial dimension by connecting two, so far unconnected locations. Consequently a rededication of already known space takes place – that of a ferry into a gallery moving repeatedly between two places.
From the interior, the Ferry Galleria unpacks the idea of the classic gallery space. An elongated room is laterally divided through pilasters that bear the structural framework of the upcoming wooden arch, to simultaneously serve as frames for the exhibited contemporary art works.
The roof as arch, symbol of an endless space, extend the existing architectural roof skin through its visual infinity. In the near dark room, the textile surface spanned between the costal arches creates a visual situation resembling the firmament. The roof textile is perforated, allowing light to enter, to resemble E. L. Boullées `Cenotaph for Newton` – a starry sky in daytime, and serves to enhance the exhibited art paintings.
Two parallel movements, that of the ferry and of the crossing of the room by the visitor overcome a spatial border and reveal a new room. Consequently `Another Space`, the spatial formed three-dimensional gate mis en scene, is experienced.
Ronny Schüler, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany
The Ferry Galleria facility enhances the business potential of the Spreeraum site for investors. It facilitates higher volumes of local and water tourism, retail trade, revenue from transportation, commercial events, gastronomy, and will be a lucrative advertising channel. Ferry Galleria also attracts many national and international companies as a business entry point into the city of Berlin. The spectacular height and ecological design of the Ferry Galleria creates an internationally recognizable icon for Berlin that commercially supports the city government’s ‘Made in Berlin’ marketing vision. Partnering with this emotional communications platform has large advertising revenue upside.