Berlin Wall Memorial recognize, explore, remember

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2010 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

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Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

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Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 P. Hausdorf sinai

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Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

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Berlin Wall Memorial © 2010 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 P. Hausdorf sinai

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011 Stiftung Berliner Mauer/Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Berlin Wall Memorial © 2011  sinai

The existing historical traces on Bernauer Strasse are linked with a differentiated fabric of topographical signs and made legible.

The Berlin Wall Memorial
The memorial runs for about 1.4 km along the former border strip between East and West Berlin on Bernauer Strasse. At the historic site, which was created in 2006 on the basis of a resolution of the Berlin Senate, the memorial tells the story of the division of Berlin. Here, where numerous original components of the border fortifications have been preserved, visitors can reconstruct the authentic events in a multi-layered outdoor exhibition as well as in the visitor center and the documentation center. At the same time, there is space for commemoration of the victims and for reflection.

Outdoor exhibition
The historical traces of the Berlin Wall are linked with a differentiated fabric of topographical signs and made legible on an area of 4.2 hectares along Bernauer Strasse. Existing relics of the Wall's construction are preserved, lost ones re-mapped, and the dominant historical structures made legible. Not everything is immediately apparent - the visitor becomes a discoverer.

Topography of events
A dense fabric of events between 1961 and 1989 characterizes the space between Nordbahnhof and Mauerpark. Numerous successful and unsuccessful escapes, some through underground tunnels, escape jumps from the windows of the border houses, visits by political celebrities, and protest actions characterize the dense history of events in the neighborhood. The open space planning uses careful means to uncover the site of the events. The result is an open, widely visible space - the emptiness of the death strip. Rusty steel tracings are inserted into this "scenic" expanse, providing information about the traces of the Wall and the border that were lost after 1989.

Overall spatial concept
The overall concept emerges from the careful formulation of a central memorial to the victims of the Wall as well as from precisely dosed information offerings. By incorporating the largely preserved former border strip of the Berlin Wall into its authentic urban context, the memorial ensemble is an institution of international significance. The authenticity of the surviving site with its radiance and with the fragmentary materiality found here can be read by the visitors.
Although this memorial landscape is an open urban space without clear entrances, it has a thematic exhibition choreography. Section A has the theme "The Wall and the Death Strip", Section B is dedicated to "The Destruction of the City" and Section C to "The Construction of the Wall". Between Brunnenstraße and Schwedter Straße, where the demolition of the Wall began, the history of the event is presented under the theme "It Happened at the Wall".

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Planning offices

SINAI Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH
Berlin

Further planners involved
Besucherzentrum
Mola Winkelmüller Architekten
Berlin

permanente Open-Air-Ausstellung
ON architektur
Christian Fuchs
Berlin

Grafik
Berthold Weidner
Stuttgart

Project period
2009 - 2011

Size
ca. 5 ha

Construction amount
9,8 Mio. € zuzügl. Neubau Besucherzentrum: 2,65 Mio € und Umbau Dokumentationszentrum: 2,5 Mio €

Client
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung / Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Stiftung Berliner Mauer
Baudurchführung: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung, vertreten durch Grün Berlin GmbH

Address
Bernauer Straße 105
13355 Berlin
Deutschland

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