Cool Urban Space: Berlin Friedrichshain

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It's about time I shared some more of my Germany adventures! Like I said in this abandoned spy tower post, we found so many cool spaces in Berlin that I had to give a couple of them a little more attention. As you know, I was staying with relatives, and one took me to this urban renewal space in Berlin-Friedrichshain that was [as I'm told] coal industry buildings that went out of use post-war. When we walked in I was instantly hooked by all of the street art, but my architecture nerd senses really started tingling once we dug a bit deeper. Check out this super cool space! 

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We first discovered the space used by Urban Spree after we entered at Warschauer Straße. The outside paintings were quite enticing, and I peeked inside to find a wood-clad gallery + bookshop that was super rad. It had an Urban Outfitters vibe...but way cooler. I'm excited to see that they have a pretty active blog, so I can keep up with their adventures even though I'm not located in Berlin! 

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Also gotta love this stack they had going out front! At the abandoned spy tower I went to the day before they had their cans just scattered in a pile, so I loved that they turned the empties into it's own art piece. 

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Say hello to my new favorite piece of street art. I admire a lot of street pieces but this one inspired me so much. I think I'm drawn to it because my painting style is similar; I love using a black outline and neon colors. A photo of this baby is definitely on my list of pictures I want to make prints of for my place! 

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Okay, this is when the Friedrichshain space got really juicy. We peered down this little tunnel and BAM! Rock climbing wall. It's no secret that I love climbing, but I really only do it with my friends when I'm home for summers in Arizona. This place [called Der Kegel] was like 2-story indoor/outdoor jungle. They were really using the space available in interesting ways. Including this crazy outdoor climbing thing! I still have no idea what this cone was at first.  

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And the cool keeps getting cooler with this indoor skate park, Skatehalle. This place was the most legit skate park I had ever seen, and was attached to a small room called the Skate Café. It served yummy drinks + snacks as well as rented out skate decks  and gear. You could rent a deck and skate all day for only 6 Euro, about 9 bucks! I love concepts like this and to top it off the people that worked there were super friendly. 

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Here are a few more images that fill you in on the magic of this place...

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I hope I get to go back to Berlin someday soon and try out this space a little more in-depth. I'm dying to jump on that rock wall! 

I dream of starting a space like this myself one day. Is it something that you wish existed in your community? Discuss in the comments below! 

x, Paige.