It is about so much more than merely filling a gap. The Urbane Mitte wishes to become a vibrant and diverse quarter, an urban space for everybody.
The Urbane Mitte fills one of the Berlin’s last big gaps in the centre of the city. It links the Mitte, Schöneberg and Kreuzberg districts and forms a connecting bridge between the Park am Greisdreieck and the surrounding city.
In doing so, the quarter combines old and new. A new part of the city is emerging from the fusion of listed train station and modern, forward-looking architecture. Its aim is to forge new links, bring people together and initiate new ideas.
The Urbane Mitte is focusing on five areas and getting to grips with the challenges associated with each of them in the development stage:
Participation and co-creation. The Urbane Mitte embraces the collaborative idea in creating its living and working spaces.
Public transport and pioneering mobility concepts will be harmoniously integrated into a car-free and pedestrian- and bike-friendly quarter.
It is more than just a place of work. The Urbane Mitte wishes to be a platform for the city that opens itself up and connects with its surroundings.
Art and culture are key elements of the quarter’s DNA as a form of enrichment, as meeting places and as a source of inspiration.
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The Gleisdreieck U-Bahn station is a mobile hub in the centre of Berlin. The large cycle and pedestrian axes in the Park am Gleisdreieck have linked the Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and Mitte districts – which had been separated for decades by brownfield sites – and created a connected location in the heart of Berlin. The Urbane Mitte picks up on these qualities and enhances them with additional offerings.
In future, people will no longer only want to change trains here. They will alight to spend some time in the area.
The aim is to make it possible for everyone who lives and works here to get around without a car:
By day, it is a place of work; by night it is ‘a place to be’. Sport early in the morning, shopping in the afternoon, beer garden in the evening. Urban gardening next to the office, lunch in the park, in the balcony gardens or on the roof terrace. The flow of people and ideas from the surroundings converge here, create a real vibrancy and initiate development. Digital connections and real-life encounters take place simultaneously. Users can find niches and places of inspiration outside their places of work. Visitors, tenants, neighbours and interested parties intermingle in a vibrant and diverse setting.
The Urbane Mitte is concerned with ensuring this quality exists. Among other things, there are plans to set up a neighbourhood fund financed by tenants with the aim of financing usage concepts worthy of subsidy. In the first step, an idea is being considered to make available spaces covering a total of 2,000 square metres to local and regional tenants at reduced rental rates. Social programmes and social infrastructure – including a language school, training opportunities and sports facilities – are designed to get everyone actively involved in the quarter.