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Design contest begins for Tempelhof Airport tower

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Berlin’s senate has launched a competition for a £4.3 million overhaul of Tempelhof Airport’s former air traffic control tower

Planned to complete in 2017 – the 2,200m² project will allow public access to the structure which offers views over the decommissioned city centre airport.

Constructed in 1927 and expanded during the 1930s, the iconic eagle-shaped airport was shut down in 2008 and transformed into a 400-hectare public park.

The former airport has been used as an emergency refugee camp since September last year.

Sutherland Hussey Harris (SHH) and landscape architect Gross Max won a competition to masterplan its overhaul five years ago.

The high-profile project – which included a 60-metre artificial mountain housing a climbing school – was however vetoed following a public referendum in 2014.

The latest project is part of plans to gradually open large parts of the building and its roof surfaces to the public.

According to the contract announcement: ‘The project “Tower THF” is an important first building block for the opening of the building.

‘The Tower is a historic record of military and civilian airport use after WW2. It offers a fantastic view of the airport building, the former airfield and the adjacent neighborhoods.’

The scheme will create new barrier free access to the tower and provide a new space for exhibitions and events.

Commenting on the project, SHH director Colin Harris said: ‘Any public use of the existing building would be a positive from our point of view. It’s a magnificent structure and should be developed sensitively so it doesn’t rot.’

The deadline for requests to participate is 4pm on 12 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Sigrid Kayser
Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment
Division II
Department of Architecture, Urban Design, competitions
Berlin 12101

Email: sigrid.kayser@senstadtum.berlin.de



Source: Image by PD USGov

Tempelhof Airport 1984

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