1.1  the airfield 












GER / 2013


The image series is exploring notions of nationalism and exclusion of history on site. Berlin’s airfield Tempelhof was first officially designated as an airport in 1923. The site was used as a parade field by Prussian forces, and by unified German forces from 1720 to the start of World War I. As part of Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era and World War ll, Ernst Sagebiel was ordered to replace the old terminal with a new terminal building in 1934. The airport halls and the adjoining buildings, intended to become the gateway to Europe and a symbol of Hitler's "world capital" Germania, which are still known as one of the largest built entities worldwide, and have been described by British Architect Sir Norman Foster as "the mother of all airports". Today, it is a forgotten landscape including an inactive airport, the airfield is a space for recreational use during day-time, it does not show signs nor a description of its historic events and impact on site. 

Mark