RAW Friedrichshain - berlin The RAW area is a huge old abandoned industrial complex constructed in 1867. Today it is used for different inter-cultural projects making room for nightclubs, theatres, cafés, artist workshops, a skate hall, gyms and even a climbing playground. the hunt for denim in berlin raw AREA I page 11 In the weekends the area hosts a food and flea market and although the market is rather new it has already gained a lot of popularity since it is not so crowded as the larger markets in Berlin. If you think “RAW” means “the place is rugged” - you are wrong! RAW is short for “Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk”. Try to say that 5 times in a row. Or once for that matter! Formerly the complex was used as a repair workshop for the railroad. The RAW area is a cultural melting pot where almost everything is possible. Since 1998 several buildings have been managed by the RAW-Temple Arts Association, an organisation that are happy to welcome new initiatives, so if you have a band but no place to play - this could be your opportunity. “RAW” is short for “Reichsbahn-ausbesserungs-werk”.