The pool--located along the Alzette between Hamm, Bonnevoie and Hesperange--first opened in 1934 but the building was abandoned in the 2000s and has since fallen into disrepair.
Plans over the years to turn it into a hotel and spa or a youth hostel have so far all fallen through but this summer the Gantenbeinsmillen will come back to life.
Jérôme “Bisi” Besenius and Christian “Bubi” Blei, two young events aficionados and fans of the site, have big plans for the 2021 season.
A beach lounge pop-up terrace of 2,500m2--up to visitors to decide what label suits best--will be open during the day and early evening, with a 200m2 sand pit, shaded areas, wood pallet furniture, bars, deckchairs and a dance floor completing the look. The concept is called “The River”.
The building itself won’t be used but its exterior will be painted by artist Eric mangen. DJs and local artists will perform over the course of several weeks, whether for an evening apéro or a Sunday brunch, with a small food village also planned, depending on the possibilities of the site.
Located in a calm and residential area, a shuttle bus service will get people to the former pool. Only staff and people with reduced mobility will be able to park on site. “We strongly encourage access on foot or by bike,” Christian and Jérôme say, with a cycling path running right past the site, connecting to Bonnevoie, Hesperange or, a slightly longer route, the Grund.
The three-month stint at the Gantenbeinsmillen will be in the run-up to the even entrepreneurs launching a new project around Rue de Neudorf before the end of the year. More details are yet to be revealed.
If all goes as planned, The River @Gantenbeinsmillen will be open on Wednesday and Thursdays from 4pm to 10pm and on Friday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm, starting the week of 21 June.
Access will be limited to 300 people to be in compliance with coronavirus restrictions.
This article was first published on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.