Berlin, Germany. Turning a wasteland into a popular urban park.
Left abandoned for decades, the former freight station at Gleisdreieck, located in the heart of Berlin, had become a vast industrial wasteland, where an outstanding and unique ecological environment had developed over the years.
The former railway site has become the Park am Gleisdreieck – a trendy urban oasis, which also provides a vital link between neighbourhoods. Dense areas of wild growth and relics from the railway era have been preserved – e.g. railroad tracks, signalling systems, and buffer stops. From the beginning, citizens have been involved in the project, contributing ideas to the design and landscape planning. The park constitutes a modern and culturally enhanced urban quarter without denying its industrial past.