Puerto Arte: 30,000 square meters of art, culture, history, architecture, music, dance...
The original approach was to let a captive balloon rise in Havana analogous to Berlin, Paris, Orlando and other cities of the world. The possibilities of this were discussed with Cuba in several meetings. This preparation culminated in June 2016 with the launch of a location study by the planning office of the old city of Havana. From a total of five possible locations resulting from the study, the parties involved selected the old coal dock, opposite the old city, directly at the entrance to Havana Bay, as the ideal location in December 2016.
The area of the former coal pier with about 30,000 m2 corresponds to more than 10 times the area needed for the captive balloon. It was, therefore, a good idea to think about the future: Berlin architect Peter Kurz and Jens Meier-Ewert (one of the shareholders of BERmeeCU GmbH) developed the idea of the Puerto Arte concept. In addition to the balloon, other elements have been added. In numerous discussions with various institutions in Havana, this further development was presented, which finally led to the Ministry of Culture MINCULT together with the partner company EGREM becoming the Cuban partner for implementation in the summer of 2018.
In the first stage, the project comprises an investment volume of 65 million euros. The duration is 25 years and can be extended. The financing of this project in Cuba will be carried out entirely by BERmeeCU as a foreign partner. Annual sales of 40 million euros are expected at the start/opening. The opening is scheduled for 2023.