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Tempelhof International Airport

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Ernst Sagebiel
location Berlin
function airport
contributed by Kris_Leenders

The airport was a part of Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin. It turned out to be the largest built entity worldwide. During the Soviet blockade in 1948/49, the Berlin Airlift operated from here, turning Tempelhof into a symbol of a free Berlin. The 400 m long flight gate hall has no central supports. The hangars directly join both sides of the hall, forming a curved building with a length of 1200 m. The front is structured by staircase towers at intervals of 70 m. The façade is clad with shell limestone panels, dominated by endless rows of windows. So many times Tempelhof has made arriving in Berlin a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me. Each time my plane taxied right up to the building and I could get out, sheltered from the weather by the huge canopy. After a short walk through an amazingly simple and luminous hall, I found myself right in the heart of Berlin. As of October 2008, when Tempelhof is due to close, arriving in Berlin will never be the same again.

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Tempelhof International Airport
Platz der Luftbrücke 5
Project is public!
Opening hours 24/7 (the airport is set to shut in October 2008)
How to get there? take the plane (the subway U6 to Platz der Luftbrücke will do too)
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Completion 99- 1941
Floor area/size 284000 m2
ArchitectErnst Sagebiel
Client Reichsluftfahrtministerium
Project ID 984
Latitude/Longitude 52°28'58N 13°23'20E
Contributed by Kris_Leenders
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