CLOSING A GAP IN THE CITY
THE NEW QUARTER AS A BRIDGEHEAD
The Gleisdreieck is at the heart of an evolving neighbourhood.
The Urbane Mitte wishes to assert itself in its future location between one of Berlin’s most popular parks, the Park am Gleisdreieck, the STATION, one of the most unusual venues in the city, and the highly frequented Museum of Technology. It achieves the smooth transition between park and city by offering many different extras for the neighbourhood and users.
A new ‘city platform’ is emerging here in the form of a car-free and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly quarter with inviting open spaces. It is a vibrant, diverse location where people can while away the hours. Due to the unusual fusion of the industrial charm of old railway arches with modern, forward-looking architecture and thanks to the direct connection to one of Berlin’s most popular parks, the Urbane Mitte has the potential to attract people from miles around to the heart of the capital.
PLACES FOR MEETING AND HANGING OUT
While the park tends to serve as an extensive area for various sports, the Urbane Mitte complements it with spaces for individual sports.
The Park am Gleisdreieck is already used for countless sporting activities – whether individually or in groups, spontaneously or organised. These include jogging groups, circuit training, open-air aerobics and yoga sessions.
This sports space extends into the Urbane Mitte, both in the open air and under cover. Sport and exercise are key elements of the mix-used concept designed to fill the quarter with life.
The Gleisdreieck has always been a place filled with movement. Ideas now circulate in a location where goods were once moved around.
PROF. MANFRED ORTNER, ARCHITECTURE FIRM ORTNER & ORTNER BAUKUNST