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.