Berlin venue big-picture project plans


Berlin Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark design reveiled Image: O+M Architekten GmbH BDA Dresden

After gathering dust for years, the redecoration plans for the multipurpose sports complex Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (Prenzlauer Berg is a locality in Berlin, Germany) was finalized on December 15th. As per plans, a new stadium will come up in lieu of the ramshackled one.

The new stadium is scheduled to be completed by 2027 and the price tag has been pegged at over 200 million euros for the new venue construction and the refurbishment work of the entire area surrounding the Jahnsportpark. The area will be redesigned in three construction phases.

The 10,000-capacity Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark is a multipurpose sports complex located in the Western part of the locality of Prenzlauer Berg in the borough of Pankow in Berlin, Germany. The sports complex covers an area of approximately 22 hectares and comprises several facilities.

‘Entwicklungsstadt Berlin 2022’ stated that apart from rebuilding of the multipurpose sports complex, how it can be easily accessible is also the main focus of the entire development.

Several plans were drawn up earlier to refurbish the area around the dilapidated athletics stadium which is at a shouting distance from Mauerpark (park in Berlin, Germany). However, district politics, Senate administration and local residents’ own interests got the better of the planning process and it soon became a feet-dragging affair.

‘Entwicklungsstadt Berlin 2022’ further stated that finally a decision has been reached to rebuild the arena and spruce up the surrounding area as per the specifications laid down by the winning design team – O+M Architekten (design firm in Dresden, Germany).

The stadium will be pulled down and rebuilt as a 20,000-seat venue. In the first phase, 24 planning teams submitted their ideas and concepts for the sports park and the stadium. In August 2022, the jury selected 15 planning teams comprising architects and landscape architects and asked them to further develop their designs and submit the same by November 2022.

In the second phase, a feasibility study was carried out to ascertain whether the above concepts were doable. A concrete design for the facility was also approved.

The winning design by O+M Architekten which was approved on December 15th envisages demolition of the present stadium, followed by the construction of a modern, oval-shaped 20,000-seat venue. Its exterior will be characterized by glass, plants and the red shade of the current stadium façade.

Plans are in place to also construct a football ground, and set up tennis and beach volleyball courts. A multisport hall is also being planned.

The local residents aspire that the pristine sheen of the stadium be retained and historical elements of the stadium be preserved. The same will be done by keeping the ramparts around the stadium made up of rubble intact. According to the State Sports Association, the stadium should be constructed as such that it can hold 2. and 3. Bundesliga games.

The 2. Bundesliga is the second division of professional football in Germany. It was implemented 11 years after the founding of the Fußball-Bundesliga as the new second division for professional football. The 2. Bundesliga is ranked below the Bundesliga (the top of the German football league system) and above the 3. Liga in the German football league system.

The main concept is that not only showcase sport events but popular sporting activities should also be staged in the new stadium.

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The Berlin Senate wants that the above development should be a lighthouse project and should be open for all sections of the society, school children and various clubs. It should be an inclusive stadium with special provisions for the disabled.

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The inclusivity issue has been accorded topmost priority in the entire scheme of things. Plans are in place to also build a football field specially suited to the needs of the blind people and a jogging track with acoustic signals suitable for blind and visually impaired people.

The Max-Schmeling-Halle (multipurpose arena in Berlin) sits next to the stadium. The adjacent Mauerpark will also be extensively redesigned over the next four years.

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