The last day of Tegel: Now at TXL airport it’s finally over – there are many plans for the side – Berlin

It was Sunday, November 8, when an Air France plane last took off from Tegel airport. Almost six months later, when the license expired on Tuesday, the story of Berlin City Airport was finally over.

No passenger has taken off or landed from the striking concrete building in months. Nevertheless, as FBB chief Engelbert Lütke Daldrup explained on Tuesday, during the last visit to the building, the Berlin-Brandenburg airport company (FBB) had to keep the area “dormant”. But now it’s really over. “Now all systems are dismantled,” said Lütke Daldrup.

What could already be removed has already been removed in the last six months. Everything was cleaned behind the glass panes of the old store row, and the snack bars were gone. The benches from the old waiting rooms were also unscrewed. Three million euros was spent on this. FBB will collect the same amount again in the next three months before the systems are fully handed over to Tegel Projekt GmbH after the transition phase.

Its managing director, Philipp Bouteiller, was pleased that, after years of planning, he was finally able to implement many of the construction ideas. “It’s a great day for all of us. It’s goodbye, but now it’s time for a new phase. “

The concepts of the former airport are far-reaching: the new location for Beuth University and the start campus will be relocated to the main building with Terminals A and B. There are plans for commercial areas, a new park and the residential area of ​​Schumacher-Quartier around.

a research institute instead of a car park

Designers face particular challenges when it comes to terminal buildings. Iconographic buildings by architects Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marga are monuments included in the list of monuments. So much of the classics of modern architecture should be preserved, even if in the future students have to study and do research instead of baggage clearance and security checks.

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Gerry Woop, chairman of the supervisory board of the Berlin Airport Company (BFG) and as secretary of state in the Senate Cultural Administration, also responsible for the protection of monuments in the state, is not an easy balancing act, but an effort that pays off: “It is important that historically valuable objects are they could also be used for a future closure. The most important thing is that the monument is alive. “

Bouteiller wants to take care of this. “We look carefully which parts we have to keep and what we can dismantle and rebuild.” Instead of shops and security checkpoints, seminar and lecture rooms are planned. Part of the reading room is to be built in open galleries on the first floor.

Philipp Boutellier, Managing Director of Tegel Projekt GmbH, plans the future of the former airport.Photo: Christophe Gateau / dpa

A lot of new things are planned in the inner open space of the hexagon. The car park is not under the protection of monuments. There are research facilities there. “There will be large experimental areas for plant research experiments,” said Bouteiller. There are also plans for a cafe. “You can imagine in your mind how the students will swarm here.”

Twelve subjects are to be taught at the former airport. “As we have different goals, this is an ideal opportunity to group the specialty areas appropriately,” said Bouteiller. What is investigated there should be used in the Schumacher district. “We want to develop forward-looking technologies and demonstrate it in the area.”

A model quarter made of wood

Over 5,000 jobs are to be built there. flats for 11 thousand. people. A model neighborhood that Berlin has never seen before. “It will be the largest timber-framed urban building district in the world,” said Bouteiller. Only trees within a radius of 200 km should be used for the houses.

The listed areas of the terminal are intended to serve as the location for the Beuth University in the future.Photo: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

Techniques for erecting buildings from pine or deciduous trees will be developed in the planned innovative wooden construction workshop. The district is also planned as a “sponge city”. All rainwater is collected and used on site rather than going to the sewage system.

However, it will be a while before all these plans become apparent. First, the soil should be examined for loads and ammunition. Construction works are then expected to start in 2022, but initially only on access roads. The building will be built in 2023. “2027 will be the decisive year,” says Boutellier. The university campus in the terminal and the first phase of construction in the Schumacher district should then be ready for implementation. Life finally returns to Tegel.

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