Exploring the endless amount of corridors, hallways and supply rooms of the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin feels like being on a set of a horror movie where any minute a screaming girl comes around the corner or a zombie is trying to eat you. Maybe it´s only my phantasy but I was very inspired by the location and felt like shooting a short movie there.
All images are shot hand-held with hi-ISO settings and a 50mm prime lens.
The site of the airport was originally Knights Templar land in medieval Berlin, and from this beginning came the name Tempelhof. Later, the site was used as a parade field by Prussian forces, and by unified German forces from 1720 to the start of World War I. The old terminal, originally constructed in 1927, became the world’s first with an underground railway. The station has since been renamed Paradestraße, because the rebuilding of the airport in the 1930s required the airport access to be moved to a major intersection with a station now called Platz der Luftbrücke after the Berlin Airlift. On 18 March 1966, Pan Am became the first airline to commence regular, year-round jet operations from Tempelhof with the first examples of a brand-new fleet of an initial eight Boeing 727 100 series, one of the first jet aircraft with a short-field capability. On December 4, 2007, the Federal Administrative Court of Germany (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) made the final decision as court of last instance to close Tempelhof Airport.
Tempelhof has been used since closing to host numerous fairs and events. The first major events included the BREAD & BUTTER fashion tradeshow in July and the Berlin Festival 2009 concert in August. It also hosts the Berlin Marathon fair in September, which is the main event preparation to runners. Fairs are held in the hangar. In September 2010, Tempelhof hosted the Popkomm, international world’s music and entertainment business meeting place and was one of the most important location of the first Berlin Music Week.
In August 2009, Berlin city officials announced that Tempelhof would be opened in May 2010 as a city park. The city will spend an estimated 60 million EUR on developing the park from 2010 to 2017.