Club co-founder Christoph Klenzendorf expects the new project at the former site of Bar25 to begin in less than a year.
Klenzendorf was one of the main forces behind the now-defunct Bar25, and currently works (and lives) across the Spree at KaterHolzig. He confirmed plans to close KaterHolzig during an interview with Resident Advisor as part of this week's BerMuDa conference. "Our lease is finished in September, so I think we will hold the closing party in August," he said. Unlike Bar 25, it seems KaterHolzig will actually shut for good after its first closing party, as Klenzendorf and co already have their eye on the next place. "We will have the opening party for Holzmarkt on May 1st, just like we always have."
Holzmarkt is the result of a coup by Klenzendorf and other members of the collective behind KaterHolzig, many of whom were also involved in Bar25. This May, two years after Bar25 was forced to close, its former site along the Spree was auctioned off by its owner, a waste disposal company called BSR. With the help of investors, Klenzendorf and his associates managed to win the auction, effectively buying back the exact spot they'd been kicked off of.
By then they already knew what they'd build there: a public space for artists, students, kids, entrepreneurs and whoever else wandered in or got involved. Plans for Holzmarkt (which means "timber market," the site's use until the 19th century) include a public park (the Mörchenpark), a hotel, a village of artist studios (most of which will have rolling three-month leases to keep things fresh), a restaurant and a 24-hour day care center with space for 30 kids.
There will also be a nightclub, and this is the part of Holzmarkt that Klenzendorf expects to be finished in time for an opening party on May 1st, 2013. No further details are available at this point, and naturally there's no way of knowing what kind of complications might arise that would set that opening date back. For more info on Holzmarkt, have a look at their website or this official brochure.