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The development process


In cooperation with the local authorities, BÜRO DR. VOGEL GMBH and COPRO Projektentwicklung GmbH conducted a development process that included representatives of the district, residents and experts. The development project can be divided into three phases: a dialogue stage, the urban planning competition and, finally, the process to create the master plan. The goal of the project is to develop a wholly new high-density urban space that is politically feasible, can accommodate a variety of uses and is in demand over the long term by both visitors and residents.


The dialogue stage

The first phase of the development process determined the topics that would serve as the basis for the urban planning competition. With a duration of four to six months, the results of the dialogue stage were condensed into a consensus paper consisting of text and plans. The paper summarises the main contents, uses, access routes and heights for the property, as agreed to by all parties during the dialogue stage. Participants in the dialogues included representatives of the district, residents, interested citizens and experts, along with the property owner. The main issues were explained and discussed in three rounds of dialogue, each of which had a different focus and consisted of an expert or citizen dialogue respectively. The results of each dialogue were summarised in a plan outlining the interests. The consensus paper was finalised after the third dialogue. This paper then served as the basis for the urban planning competition of the next phase.


The competition

The results of the urban planning competition held in the second project phase formed the basis of the further development plan. A total of 25 prestigious regional, national and international architectural and urban planning offices were invited to submit forward-looking urban planning and architectural concepts for the location Urbane Mitte – forward-looking especially in the sense of the environment, economics and as a space in society. A total of 22 entries were submitted.

The competition was conducted in two phases and in accordance with RPW 2013 (guidelines for development competitions). The participants were encouraged to create plans that paved the way for an appropriate, diverse mixed used area that enriches the quarter, in line with the pre-determined parameters laid out in the consensus paper. It goes without saying that architectural features were also considered, such as the appearance and effect of the structures and how they fit in with the surrounding urban landscape.


The development plan

Public involvement in development planning

To receive planning rights to develop the central area “Urbane Mitte am Gleisdreieck”, the development plans are exhibited in the City Hall of the district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg from 15.02.2016 to 15.03.2016.

Two winning designs were selected from the urban planning and architectural competition at the end of November 2015. Designs from the two architectural offices, COBE Berlin and Ortner & Ortner Baukunst, were anointed the winners from the total off 22 esteemed offices from around the world. Both of the concepts will now be finalised and detailed during the following development process. The current winning entries sketch out possibilities for the future structures. They will serve as the basis for the creation of the master plan and the further development process.

By the end of January 2016, both winning designs will be revised in accordance with recommendations from planners and expert assessors. They will also be on exhibit for the public, thus giving all interested citizens the chance to examine the plans and designs and to voice their opinions based on an explanation of the goals, purposes and effects of the plans. These opinions will be considered in later planning stages.

The district, Berlin State Senate and awarding authority will together determine which design is to serve as the basis of the master plan and further development process.

The public exhibition will be held from 15 February to 15 March 2016

Mondays to Thursdays from 07.30 – 16.00
Fridays from 07.30 – 13.00
And by appointment

Location:   District office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in Berlin
Office for City Development, Room 512
Yorckstraße 4 – 11, 10965 Berlin


The documents can also be viewed at:



You can find more information about the individual phases under Results.