Affectionately nicknamed “the Berlin Coat Hanger” for its draping form, the airport terminal was the longest continuous building in the world at the time of its construction and still is the third largest. It has a suspended roof that protrudes over arriving aircraft and allows for dry transfers of passengers into the terminal. The roof was designed so that it could also function as a seating area for 20,000 audience members during air shows; the building has 14 large staircases to provide spectators with quick access to the roof. Also noteworthy is the building’s symmetrical construction, which allowed mail to be brought in one side of the building and outgoing mail to be processed on the other. This processing area boosted efficiency at a time when airmail had become popular and was sent to distant destinations on passenger flights.
To make the site independent of the city’s infrastructure, the airport has its own water company with two large water reservoirs under the greenbelt at the Columbiadamm, as well as an electrical works and heating supply. More than five kilometers of tunnels extend under the buildings; parts of these tunnels were used as bomb shelters during World War II.
I am proposing a Business centre redevelopment plan with green zones and sky scrapers.
The advantage of the underground tunnels which used to be bomb shelters, now can be transformed into pathway gateways to enhance the information exchange between zones, at hyper speeds using fibre optics.
Thus the information exchange becomes real time, and conventionally boosting the speed of the process.