Tempelhof Projekt
Orientation System Outdoor Area

With a to­tal area of 300,000 square me­ters, the listed Tem­pel­hof Air­port build­ing is still one of the largest build­ings in the world. Since 2009 it has been closed to air­traf­fic and the build­ing is hous­ing an of­fice and event spaces. In 2013, Moni­teurs drew up the con­cept for an over­ar­ch­ing guid­ance and ori­en­ta­tion sys­tem for the ex­te­rior, in­clud­ing the air­field. The plan­ning for the air­port build­ing was im­ple­mented in 2016. The sign fam­ily is sim­ple and ro­bust and in­te­grates well into the pub­lic space. The ex­tremely com­plex ter­rain and ac­cess to it were clearly struc­tured and in­for­ma­tion hi­er­ar­chies were de­vel­oped.

Tem­pel­hofer Flughafen

Wayfind­ing sys­tem

Berlin 2016


Tem­pel­hof Pro­jekt GmbH on be­half of the State of Berlin

Scope of work

Com­pre­hen­sive con­cept for the ex­te­rior of the for­mer air­port build­ing and the air­field

Plan­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion

To­tal area around the air­port build­ing

Build­ing size

300.000 qm


Ste­fan Schilling

Funded by

Joint Agree­ment for „Verbesserung der re­gionalen Wirtschaftsstruk­tur“ (GRW) and the State of Berlin

Location identifier with a "You Are Here" marker on the orientation map

Colour coded points of interest and the integration of public transport connections.

Monochrome tenant logos help create a uniform look and feel. The modular structure allows for adding and replacing tenants easily.

Information architecture: The building’s axial division into Flügel 1 and Flügel 2 are clearly communicated. The historic building names such as Turm 7 or Kopfbau Ost have been kept in order to meet conservation requirements. Furthermore, this means that the new wayfinding system remains compatible with existing planning documents.

Accessibility was a main factor. Overview maps are always supplemented with tactile maps, which are produced with Braille and raised lettering (executed by Firma Meng). The desks are set up to be easily approached by wheelchair users and set at an angle and height that is easy and comfortable to reach.

Modular signage system
The sign system is based on a modular approach. Depending on the content requirements a sign type is selected and the individual content modules arranged within it. This modular approach allows for a very flexible and cost-efficient system through which it is easy to quickly update content (e.g. changing tenants) and replace damaged modules.