Tempelhof Airport was built during the Nazi Period (1920–1945). It became one of the most important airports in Germany and concentrated the largest air traffic in the world. Your building looks like a business that will last forever! And it was the largest building on the planet, until the creation of the Pentagon.
With the end of World War II, it became an American base and after the fall of the Wall (1989), commercial airport and home of Lufthansa. When it closed in 2010, no one thought of auctioning it off to private enterprise. Thanks to German democracy, there was a plebiscite and the people chose to make it a great leisure space. Today Tempelhof Feld is one of the largest urban parks in the world (380 ha)! Larger than NY’s Central Park (350 ha) and more than 3 times the size of Aterro do Flamengo Park in Rio (120 ha). But I think there is still an urban project for better use of the park. They even promoted a contest with beautiful occupation projects, but for now it is almost the same as when it was deactivated, but it has collective gardens (a German fever that I have not understood right now), tricycle rentals and even a container village surrounded by bars for refugees. Nothing is perfect… :-/
But it is by running on its oval circuit, dressed in 3 layers of lycra, long sleeves and temperature around 11ºC that I realize that it is crossing its old runways and runways, in a perfect Germanic parallel and overlooking its tower. of control, comes the first big challenge I found here: the wind against!