Gatehouse Berlin

What is to become of Tempelhof Airport?

The expansive former airport site is being rezoned and undergoing a dynamic redevelopment.


Our Vision

Visitors often find themselves disoriented in this complex, where even navigation systems struggle amidst the imposing architecture. Thanks to our prime location in the former gatehouse, though, we are the natural spot for visitors to approach seeking information.

Over the past two years, the Torhaus has become a testing ground for community uses. In addition to being a natural point of contact for walkers, tourists and visitors to the airport building, it has also become a central point of participation for civil society. Here, Berliners are invited to get involved in community processes. Small-scale experiments are being conducted to see how self-organization structures can grow and how cooperative planning can be implemented. The Torhaus will be the central point of contact for the involvement of civil society in the future planning process and the identification of needs.

Our projects Hangar X, Action Day, Torhaus Festival and Torhaus Travel deal with the future of the airport building.

The airport building

The airport building

In the middle of Berlin stands the over 300,000m2 large Tempelhof airport building. It was built between 1936 and 1941 by the Nazi regime and is a place steeped in history. For Tempelhof Airport was not only the site of the Airlift and the gateway to the free world, Tempelhof Airport was also the place of suffering for thousands of forced laborers from all over Europe. Since the closure of Tempelhof Airport in 2008, a large part of the site has stood empty. The previous participation process did not reach many people and was paused in March 2019. Since then, the issue of the participation process has been renegotiated.
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Torhaus e.V. at United We Talk: City for all?

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