Panorama, Schönefeld

Client: Gemeinde Schönefeld
Cooperation: Christoph Kohl Stadtplaner Architekten
Activity: Städtebaulich-freiraumplanerischer Wettbewerb
Period: 2022
Dimension: 150 ha
Location: Schönefeld
Contest: 1st phase

The Brandenburg municipality of Schönefeld is located directly on Berlin’s south-eastern city border. As part of the development axis Berlin city centre – Adlershof – BER Airport – Lusatia, the municipality benefits from very good infrastructural connections. This favourable location offers Schönefeld opportunities for development as a residential and commercial location. The two-phase urban and open space planning competition aims to reorient and develop the 150 hectares of land between the airport and Berlin’s city limits. The goal is to create a lively, mixed and sustainable neighbourhood for about 8,000 to 10,000 residents.

The design by Christoph Kohl Stadtplaner Architekten and FUGMANN JANOTTA PARTNER focuses on the proximity and interweaving of urban and natural space. The aim is to design the landscape as a continuous, generous space – the “Schönfeld Panorama”. Our concept fundamentally envisages two new building areas. These two neighbourhoods develop from their central, urban city squares, which have a connection to public transport (regional, suburban and underground), into the adjacent open space.

The open space

The surrounding green space acts as a connecting element and embeds both building areas in the continuous landscape space. In addition, the ring-like open space between the two new neighbourhoods offers a varied programme. In the western section, the Quartierspark forms the hinge between the old village of Schönefeld and the new development area. It serves as a communicative meeting place and space for exercise for the old and new residents of Schönefeld. The central garden park is characterized by fruit trees and areas for neighbourly gardening. On the eastern edge, in the vicinity of the planned school, is the sports park with a variety of opportunities for club sports as well as informal exercise opportunities for all age groups.

The new Schönefelder Bruch runs along the northern edge of the neighbourhood, along topographically low points. It is shaped by characteristic elements of an open quarry landscape with woods, meadows, open water areas and reeds. This landscape mediates with the largely open Mauerstreifen (Berlin Wall Strip) and makes a significant contribution to stormwater management. Spatially, the extensive landscape space links the adjacent Berlin green spaces of Landschaftspark Rudow-Altglienicke, Südpark and Dörferblick to the north with the intensively used parks in the new neighbourhood. Consequently, attractive, versatile local recreation areas are created for the surrounding neighbourhoods – in Schönefeld and Berlin. The new open space network is characterized by a wide variety of spatial sequences and interesting contrasts. This increases the options to experience the multifaceted landscape in the area close to the residential areas.