Phase 2
Phase 2

Star-shaped Archipelago Berlin-Brandenburg

3rd prize


Jordi & Keller Architekten / Pellnitz Architektur und Städtebau
Location: Berlin
Team: M. Eng. Yannick Langer, Dipl.-Ing. Nandor Kovac, Frederic Jordi
Landscape planning: Christina Kautz Landschaftsarchitektur
Other specialist planning: Ludwig Krause (Verkehrs- und Stadtplaner)

Sub-area 1: ‘Brandenburg an der Havel’

Sub-area 2: ‘Westkreuz’

Sub-area 3: ‘Berlin-Mitte’

Entrant‘s description

Star-shaped Archipelago Berlin-Brandenburg 2070 – Urban Development Concept
Berlin-Brandenburg was formed out of various villages and towns. This development has led to an archipelago of centres, within and beyond Berlin, that are connected by radial axes and circular railway rings. The structure ­within Berlin’s inner railway ring is characterised by green islands in the dense, urban sea of houses; beyond the ring, it is characterised by settlement islands separated by green and natural spaces. Between the radials of the star-shaped structure of Berlin, the large landscape areas protrude far into the centre of the metropolitan region. The star-shaped archipelago, with its dialectic between nature and development, represents the greatest qualities and potentials of the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region. These need to be strengthened and further developed. New building sites and residential areas should be created largely within this structure based on the conversion, consolidation, and modification of existing settlement areas. The current star-shaped structure of the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region is to be expanded and differentiated with the star-shaped archipelago model proposed here. The concept of the star-shaped settlement – especially in conjunction with its visual representation in the Berlin-Brandenburg regional development plan – evokes a sense of unlimited densification within the star-shaped settlement structure. As such, it does not consider the infiltration of urbanised areas into the surrounding nature. The concept of the star-shaped archipelago, which is based on the concept of Berlin as a ‘green archipelago’ and on ideas from the Greater Berlin Competition of 1910, is to pursue this dialectical interpenetration of city and nature as a new model.