Berlin (Deutschland/Germany) - Tempelhof airport

by Björn Roose February. 03, 2020 665 views
Not a historical photo - it does still look like that today :-)

Not a historical photo - it does still look like that today :-)

Tempelhof airport ... anybody who has seen it, enormous as it is, must be impressed. It was designated as an airport in October 1923 and the old terminal was constructed in 1927, but anticipating on increasing air traffic, the national-socialist government began massive (re)construction in the 1930s.

The British architect Sir Norman Foster described it as "the mother of all airports" and the ensemble is even nowadays one of the largest built entities worldwide, although it was never finished (WWII spoiled the plans).

The airport is no longer in use (it is in the middle of the city and people in the city like flying but want people not living in the city to "enjoy" the noise), but was active until October 2008. If the name of the airport doesn't ring a bell, maybe the Berlin Airlift does, by the way ...

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

I love the historic look of #1! Well done. Most of the airports I've known in the US have tons of glass windows - I would have never thought #2-6 were part of an airport. The look is more what I associate with institutional buildings like schools or prisons. Interesting!

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks, Bethany smile  It dates from before everything became glass and steel, but the stone used and the style still make it look modern. Which is strange for one of the oldest operational (at least till 2008) airports.

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

I like the way youve captured the raw starkness of such a historic facility

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks, Buster, although this was one of the occassions I wish I would have wings to capture the whole thing smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 3 months ago

Impressive

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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 3 months ago

It is indeed. smile

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

Definitely has that old German feel to it as far as construction is concerned. Been a long time since I was there, can't really remember its vastness.

1 year, 3 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

The vastness is very hard to get, actually, unless you could fly over it. It's just to enormeous to overlook.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Remnants of an era. Love first one

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks, Antonio smile

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