Berlin’s disused Tegel Airport to become firefighting school

The teaching centre will be based around a large atrium (Henn)
Munich architect Henn has been chosen to design a training campus for the Berlin Fire Department on the site of the disused Tegel Airport.

Firefighters, rescuers, and emergency medical staff will train there.

Tegel was Berlin’s main international airport before it was replaced by Brandenburg Airport in 2020.

Henn’s design will refurbish two listed hangars, and provide a new teaching centre and outdoor training facilities.

Henn says the teaching centre’s “restrained, deliberately ‘technical’ appearance” helps it to “blend harmoniously into its surroundings”.

The building has a deliberately unflamboyant façade (Henn)

The low-tech design is based on simple, durable components to cut maintenance costs.

There will be a photovoltaic array on the roof.

The two hangars, built in the 1960s and 1970s, have large, clear-span halls where different firefighting and rescue scenarios can be created.

Besides the academy building, structures will be built to accommodate sports and training facilities as well as vehicle depots.

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