Shipping containers are making for great art projects in Munich right now. Bahnwärter Thiel has a whole stack of them at the Viehhof, and now Container Collective has turned old shipping containers into a very cool creative space at Werksviertel, near Ostbahnhof.
In the future, the Werksviertel will house 1,200 apartments and a huge working space for up to 10,000 people. Ostbahnhof is changing and developing, and Container Collective is a breath of fresh air for eastern Munich.
Markus Frankl and Robinson Kuhlmann were approached to do something with the area – both are well-known names in the city. They have been involved in a variety of bars and restaurants – Frankl with Schnelle Liebe and Nage & Sauge, skateboarder Kuhlmann with Robinson’s Bar, The Wedding Chapel and Attentat Griechischer Salat, among others.
Robinson’s brother Neville is responsible for the Kaserne de Janeiro – the collective’s heart and cafe, which offers freshly pressed juices, good coffee, sandwiches and cinnamon buns. It’s a place for people to hang out, relax, and meet other like-minded folks.
Some of the containers are still free – a bar is planned for March – but many of the 27 are filling up: duo Public Possession are in one of the containers, Radio 80,000 is based there, theatre performances take place every now and then, Crux-Crew have a motorbike workshop there and there’s even a cocktail school. Oh, and a gardening project is upcoming – you can take along your own seeds and help make the Ostbahnhof area a little greener.
The project is planned for three years, but hopefully it’ll continue past that.