The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

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United States

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252

Re-envisioning Unused Spaces

Berlin Playgrounds, Tegel, DE

Inspired by the “green heart model” of the Dutch Randstad.

The Tegel Airport in Berlin will be closed down in 2011. The future abandoned area forms a strategic element in Berlin’s future urban development due to its location and size and requires special attention and care. The aim of the workshop held in Berlin was to obtain a range of suggestions for the necessary changes in land use, taking into account the element of sustainability and the subsequent possible lines of development. The next step will be a more elaborate vision of the urban planning and architectural aspects.

West 8 proposed the elements of “leisure, event and sports” by creating different zones in order to achieve long-term development. Uses such as recreation, sports, and events complement the existing character of the regional green space very well. The range of possible uses goes from informal leisure and recreational activities such as hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and swimming to professionally organized events such as Mega Olympics, EXPO, world championships and festivals.

The open character of the grassland surrounding the runways is to be preserved as the landscape image for both its natural dimension and its ecological importance for the surrounding Magerrasenwiesen. At the same time, the sealed area surrounding the distinctive hexagonal terminal building, with its high-quality access to the motorway, forms an excellent starting point for spectacular architectural developments.

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