Historic Tempelhof Airport viewing terrace showcases Kebony

7 August 2023

A key stage in the redevelopment of Berlin’s historic Tempelhof Airport has recently completed, with the opening of a 600m² rooftop walkway and 360° viewing platform on the 26m-high airport tower, constructed with Kebony wood decking.

Opened to the public on July 20, the new installation THF Tower marks a significant step in the regeneration of the former aviation centre, which closed its hanger doors in 2008. The wood-panelled rooftop terrace creates a new exhibition and event space, offering visitors not only stunning views across the skyline of the German capital, but an expansive viewing platform to experience the regular programme of cultural events hosted at the airport, including trade fairs, concerts such as annual Tempelhof Sounds festival, and sports events including the 2023 Berlin Formula E-Prix.

The combination of the building’s famous historical character and modern construction requirements presented architects :mlzd and designers Karle & Rubmer with a unique challenge. When choosing the materials for the roof terrace, accessed via a suspended steel staircase that guides visitors up from the central terminal, both the technical and aesthetic characteristics of the building product were paramount to create a quality, long-lasting facility to support regular use.

Kebony Clear decking was selected to give the space a durable and visually sophisticated finish.

‘’The decision to use Kebony wood in the design of Tempelhof Tower was an obvious choice to create a space that is both functional and beautiful,” said Pat Tanner, architect for :mlzd. “The robust quality of the wood is ideal to withstand the high number of visitors we see here every day. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it is also an incredibly durable that can stand the test of time.’’

‘’We are proud to see Kebony selected as part of the next chapter for the iconic Berlin Tempelhof,” said Nina Landbø, international sales manager for Kebony. “Transforming a former carbon emissions site into a stunning recreational facility is a fantastic concept. We congratulate all the partners involved in the delivery of this project and wish that visitors take leisure not only in the views, but the conscious, sustainably-inspired design of their surroundings.‘’

The new rooftop platform with panoramic views of Berlin features sustainable Kebony decking