Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to be Resurrected as One of Europe’s Largest Urban Gardens

by , 05/30/11

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The Tempelhof Airport was originally constructed in 1927, but it was reconstructed in 1934 under Albert Speer’s plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era. The limestone-clad 1.2 kilometer-long quadrant was a symbol of Hitler’s world capital — it’s located just minutes from the city center and connects via the U6 U-Bahn line. During World War II, the airport was used to assemble Stuka Dive Bombers and Focke Wulf FW 190 Fighter Planes. Although many fought to keep the airport from being shut down, it has not sat completely idle — it’s often used for fairs and other large events and is officially a public park.

Now the famous airport will become even grander with a new scheme to turn the 400 hectare area into a massive urban garden. With an expected cost of around €61.5 million, the new urban park will be one of the largest such projects in Europe. GROSS. MAX. and Sutherland Hussey Architects will design a new park and associated buildings on the site while retaining the famous terminal building. The project is expected to be completed in 2017 in time for the opening of the International Garden Festival.

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  1. Gary Hornaday December 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    The top floor, about 8th or 9th window from the left. That was my room when I was stationed there from 1976 to 1979.

  2. Caddyfixr August 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I think the “urban garden” transformation for Tempelhof is a great idea. Not only for the millions of future visitors but also saving a great piece of architecture and land mass. Instead of just letting another piece of history rot back into earth or be demolished. I can’t wait to follow up on the progress of this project. by the 2017 time frame my wife and I will be traveling all of Europe and the Mediterranean. So hopefully the “gardens” will be complete so that we can see it in person

  3. Anonymous May 30, 2011 at 2:13 am

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