Platz der Luftbrücke, Berlin

The Platz der Luftbrücke in Berlin, situated on the busy Tempelhofer Damm and in front of the airport building constructed by the National Socialists in the 1930s, is identified as a ‚fissured location‘. The traces of history as well as ruptures due to traffic have left a wound in the urban space. The square will continue to consist of independent parts in the future, which however must be combined to create a perceptible and functioning coherent impression. A uniformly materialised framework, metaphorically functioning as plaster or putty, correlates the various sub-areas. light-coloured footpaths guide the flow of pedestrians in the walkway areas. As the core of the square, the garden monument from 1957 makes a significant contribution to identity and is also of central importance for linking the surroundings of the underground station with the former airport building. On the city square at Tempelhofer Damm as well as on the existing Eagle Square Memorial, bright white inlays in the surface of the square enhance the quality of stay and usability. Traffic and parking areas will be largely reduced and the accompanying surfaces made available for rainwater seepage.