Tempelhof Harbour Berlin
Architecture: Eike Becker
Tempelhofer Hafen is located in the middle of the 40 km long Teltow Canal, directly opposite the world-famous Ullsteinhaus. The expressive brick façade of this legendary building still characterises the space around the harbour basin.
Eike Becker_Architects have restored the historic harbour and opened it up for new uses. Two single-storey, cubic buildings have been created on the two harbour piers. Today they are used for gastronomic purposes as a restaurant and event location, each with outdoor seating. The pavilion on the west pier has a floor area of 10m x 10m (GFA 100m²), the one on the east pier has a floor area of 29.82m x 10.70m (GFA 319m²).
A newly built seating area made of wooden planks on the entire west side of the harbour basin leads visitors down very close to the water's edge. This creates a direct connection between the harbour basin and its surroundings.
The façades of the pavilions are divided into two parts: at the bottom, generous window areas offer views in and out, also directly onto the water surface; at the top, light-coloured, perforated metal surfaces cover the extensive technology behind them and make the small pavilions recognisable against the historic brick architecture of the huge Ullstein building on the other side of the canal.
In the upper area, the curtain metal construction projects approx. 50 cm over the front edge of the lower glazing. These surfaces are backlit. Especially in the early evening hours, the two pavilions shine warmly and welcomingly in front of the mighty brick façade of the Ullsteinhaus.