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First Look: Gross Max and Chora's proposals for Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

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A collaborative design from UK-based firms Chora Architecture and Urbanism and Gross Max has been shortlisted to regenerate the Columbia quarter of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport (scheme pictured)

The trio of selected proposals will be jointly used to form the basis of an economically viable and sustainable masterplan for a 50 hectare site in the northern quarter of the airport. The central Berlin development will provide mainly residential accommodation.

The pre World-War-II Tempelhof airport was closed in October 2008 and is renowned for its large, canopy-style roof that was able to house most contemporary airliners during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The international ideas competition was launched earlier this year and received over 80 entries from world-wide practices.

In their joint entry, Chora Architecture & Urbanism headed the architectural designs, Edinburgh based Gross Max proposed the landscape architecture while international engineering consultants Buro Happold dealt with the sustainable technology and infrastructure.

The partnership’s conceptual proposal suggests that the area should develop in ‘three dynamic stages’, this includes making the site accessible, the development of new city quarters and the construction of a renewable energies power plant which will supply power to the adjacent districts and play a key role in achieveing the German government’s targets to reduce CO2 emissions.

The concept is that state of the art technology can co-exist with nature to produce a pleasant, safe living environment. The two other winners are Graft Architekten / Büro Kiefer Landschaftsarchitektur and Urban essences Architektur / Lützow 7 Landschaftsarchitektur, both based in Berlin.

It is envisaged that a more detailed planning and design process will be initiated by the end of 2009, which will be followed by further studies to define the final concept that will go ahead.

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