The CRCLR House Neukoln is Berlin's ground zero for all things circular. It is a platform and hub for a growing community of changemakers and knowledge exchange on circular economy. A group of dedicated volunteers cleaned out the large hall of a former brewery building in 2015 and built a modular infrastructure for co-working and events, using "material with a past", such as old greenhouse walls, wooden planks from a former gym, market stand planes and construction fences to build new structures. Since its opening 2016, over 150 workshops, labs, conferences, markets and cultural events have contributed to raising awareness on Circular Economy.
In 2017, CRCLR signed a 99 year lease contract for the space with the property owner, the Edith Maryon Foundation. In other words: we have 97 years to go and change the system! As a start, CRCLR Neuklln will be under construction in 2019, adding two and a half more floors on top of the current space. We plan to reopen our doors in 2020, and will then be offering the circular community even more space for innovative ideas, events and collaboration.
Reference projects of the Agency include "Schn wie wir", an initiative by the municipality, that consults local gastronomies on zero waste solutions and sustainable "to-go" packaging as well as activating local communities. CRCLR was also commissioned by the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection, to implement and test a warehouse for reused goods, and is involved in the initiative "Sauberes Berlin", part of a comprehensive campaign for zero-waste efforts in Berlin.