Gustav-Hertz-Platz, Berlin

Client: WISTA.Plan GmbH ( former Adlershof Projekt GmbH)
Period: 2015-2019
Dimension: 3,125 m² building area, 5,575 m² planning area
Location: Berlin-Niederschöneweide

Berlin-Adlershof is continuously developing into one of the largest and most important science and technology locations in Germany. To the north-east, along the railway and S-Bahn line, lies another 40-hectare development area, the so-called “Gleislinse”. A service and commercial quarter is currently being built on the elongated, lenticular site of the former Schöneweide depot. Part of the site is a near-natural, 800 m long green corridor parallel to the railway line. This open space is a significant component of the green space and path network between Plänterwald and Grünau, as well as between Köllnische Heide and Johannisthal Landscape Park. The Johannisthal S-Bahn station with the new Gustav-Hertz-Platz is located at the centre of the green corridor, which is characterised by ruderal vegetation.

As a city square, it not only forms the entrance to the new district. It also marks the intersection between landscape and urban space. With its natural, yet representative character, Gustav-Hertz-Platz offers a distinct quality. The square is structured by two oval gravel surfaces. As a kind of medallion –  filled with ballast, sleepers, rails and a switch – the two planting areas refer to the history of the former marshalling yard. The drought-tolerant perennials and grasses, combined with site-appropriate shrubs and trees, emphasise the near-natural atmosphere of the entire green corridor. Thus the combination of robust and functional design as well as ecological sensitivity creates a unique new address with a strong identity and a certain appeal.