The Tempelhof airport building has been built as an experiment, daring to endure opposites. It shows the art, culture and creativity for which the location should stand, very close, to touch, participate and experience. It sets impulses with its appearance. The THF location stands for the mixture and heterogeneity of Berlin and its neighborhoods. There is no room here for mono-functional site uses. In the sense of continuity, the airport building can be unfinished. Following the principle: Always in the process of development, never standing still! The building should be embracing, colorful, permitting and enabling a close connection between history, present and future. The step-by-step development of the utilization concept should incorporate these principles. It should provide reliability for implementation, resilience for use, and scope for development for future generations.
The following main statements were developed by Tempelhof Projekt GmbH in the course of an internal mission statement process between Fall 2018 and Summer 2019. The following statements are key to the future development of the profile:
- Dare to be diverse: Space for experimentation by, with, and for all user groups.
- Ambivalence as the core: Enable coexistence of opposites: Cultivating a welcoming culture.
- Acting in the spirit of the place: Protect the monument and reinvent the nature of the airport.
- Address and strengthen spatial characteristics and understanding of airside and landside.
- Changeability and unfinishedness: Create broad understanding of changeability and unfinishedness: social, technological, cultural, environmental and usage-related.
Usage goals have already been developed for many areas of the airport building, as initial considerations, perfected feasibility studies, or projects that are already being implemented.
A holistic redevelopment of the building parts and the technical infrastructure is a prerequisite for the future use of the areas. After the renovation, the building is to be operated and maintained economically. For this purpose, rents in line with the market are taken as a basis for the respective uses.
In August 2020, the company's Supervisory Board approved settings for overall development through Vision 2030+ as a recommendation to the Senate. They should be implemented after the renovation.
Vision 2030+ Overview:
- Generally, ground floors should be occupied by public-related uses and be accessible to the public.
- Monofunctionalities in the buildings should be avoided.
- Uses should correspond to the architecture and the existing spatial structure.
- Space typologies that are suitable for office use should be redeveloped for diverse, mixed offices and creative uses.
- The forecourt, main hall, covered apron, and four hangars should be used for temporary events.
- The three hangars should be used for permanent cultural events.