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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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The closure of iconic Tempelhof Airport in Berlin has opened up a huge site for urban redevelopment and repurposing of one of the largest buildings in Europe.


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In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This aging, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans—and PBS just got a look inside.

In a new video we get a tour of Tempelhof, which has seen an incredible amount of history: It was built on the grounds of a medieval Knights of Templar meeting space, and the Wright brothers demonstrated their Flier here. The Nazis expanded it in the late 1930s, giving Tempelhof its unique, sweeping arc plan. But construction was still unfinished when the city was captured by the Soviet Army—and the airport changed hands again.

When Russia closed off Berlin to outside traffic in 1948, the Allies used Tempelhof to stage one of the most remarkable operations of all time: The Berlin Air Lift, which kept Berliners alive with supplies shuttled down onto the runway on almost continuous flights. After the altercations died down, Templehof enjoyed a long life as a commercial airport until it finally closed in 2007 after decades of decline.

That was just the beginning of a long public debate about what should be done with the monumental, iconic piece of architecture.


http://gizmodo.com/take-a-tour-through-the-mother-of-all-airports-1541397622
 

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^^ Thank you for this excellent opening post. Great video too by the way.

I was at Tempelhof Airport in 2008, one week before it closed. It's an amazing building and the size of the airfield is enormous (well, not enourmous for airport standards, but enormous for any open space inside a city). It offers many options for redevelopment. In the German subforum thread many possibilities have been named: hospital, amusement park, park or forest, highrise cluster, museum for aviation, a manmade lake, a science park, and probably many more.
The airfield itself will be used as a park, with residential quarters on the edge. What they will do with the buildings, that's a big question as far as I know.

In case anyone wants to read more about Tempelhof Airport, here is a link to Wikipedia.
 

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The should use the runway as a high-rise alley, only buildings with minimum height 200m allowed :)

The rest could be a park.

Seriously, the place is the perfect spot for a high-rise double boulevard.
 

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^^ That would be a realistic option if Tempelhof was located in New York or Tokyo, but in Berlin? Forget it. There isn't that much demand there. Look at Alexanderplatz: even there not even one of all the proposed highrises has been built since Kollhoff drew his masterplan for that area.

As long as there isn't a London or New York style demand, I would prefer to concentrate any highrise project around Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz or City West, in other words: in central Berlin.
 

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Hopefully there will never be a London-/NYC-like demand in Berlin, that would totally ruin the city. But still, highrise development in Berlin is accelerating fast at the moment, check this post for instance.

This leads you to the Berlin forum thread with loads of visions and plans (German):
Berlin | Tempelhof and its future
 

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This is what we're talking about: Tempelhof Airfield, pretty close to central Berlin.

Tempelhofer Feld von mar_ro auf Flickr


Just to give you an idea of the crazy stuff that was proposed... ;)

Lake Tempelhof...
"The Berg", Mount Tempelhof :D

the-berg.de
http://www.archdaily.com/40755/the-berg-the-biggest-artificial-mountain-in-the-world/#more-40755

Recreational park:

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/e...empelhof-viele-plaene-wenig-geld/6112934.html









http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/siegerentwurf-schoene-aussicht-vom-tempelhofer-fels/4067508.html
http://www.morgenpost.de/berlin-akt...en-Landesbibliothek-auf-Tempelhofer-Feld.html

Edgy pool of 3 hectares:

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/t...uetzer-klagen-gegen-wasserbecken/9012766.html

Monumental extension of the airport building:
Proposal for a rather monumental buildings densification,
incl. a viaduct (by Alexander Strugach):




http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/the-bipolar-city/31069/#.USZOwzdzOVF

Complete densification:

http://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/art...udenten-fuer-das-Tempelhofer-Feld-planen.html

A Central Library for Berlin was proposed to be built at the edge of the airfield.
(Zentrale Landesbibliothek, short ZLB)

http://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin....v_volltext.shtml?arch_1304/nachricht4940.html



(Kohlmayer Oberst Design) http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/n...erlin-von-der-zukunft-erschlagen/9438206.html
http://www.zlb.de/ueber-uns/bauproj...hek-berlin-zlb-entsteht-neu-an-einem-ort.html

I liked this proposal better:

/ by ENVES Arquitectos S.L.P. http://www.stadtmorgen.de/bezirke/t...l-und-landesbibliothek-entschieden/38544.html

The Sigmund Freud Private University already moved into Tempelhof. Startup companies are invited to move in. An e-motorace course will also be established at Tempelhof. A "Smart City" concept was proposed by Yzer.

Another park proposal (civic).


The edges of Tempelhof are supposed to be residential.
Most Berliners agree with those plans, as living space is badly needed in Berlin, the city is growing by magnitudes.


http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/w...uer-tempelhofer-feld-stehen-fest/8779550.html

There's an infobox about several plans and open for discussion:

http://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin....v_volltext.shtml?arch_1311/nachricht5120.html
 

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Berlin has a supertall Fernsehturm. That should be sufficient for the next 10-20 years, a lonesome 300m+ tower would look ridiculous.

Some additional views of Tempelhof's grand history, the world's first prime international airport.

1928, no huge terminal yet:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/...9,_Berlin,_Zentralflughafen,_Luftaufnahme.jpg

1934, a different look:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flughafen_Berlin-Tempelhof_189-1372.jpg

1948:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin_Tempelhof_Airport_aerial_photo_c1948.jpg

During Berlin Air Lift:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:C-47s_at_Tempelhof_Airport_Berlin_1948.jpg





1954

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/...F001298-0007,_Berlin,_Flughafen_Tempelhof.jpg

1984

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FlughafenBerlinTempelhof1984.jpg
 

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What about building a university campus there for Humboldt Uni.? Some of their buildings are rather crammed and outdated for their purpose.
 

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What a truly impressive building, especially for the 1930s! That curve is astounding! I hope the renovation helps bring out its beauty even more.

Also, that mountain is ridiculous :lol:
 

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It was the world's largest building back then, and still remains among the largest.

Thus it's only consistent to drop the world's biggest artificial mountain next to it. ;)
 

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Like The Berg
 

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I guess this thread should be moved to General Urban Developments, it's too hidden over here.
 

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I guess this thread should be moved to General Urban Developments, it's too hidden over here.
Understandable but GUD is really for all-new construction even though some building-specific redevelopments are posted there. Given the size and scope of this massive site, it may be better to keep this thread here and start a new thread for Tempelhof in GUD should a proposal with new structures be approved or become imminent. We've had such arrangements for other projects, including single-tower threads broken out for skyscrapers in large urban redevelopments.
 
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