Kleiner Tiergarten – Ottopark / Latz + Partner

Park rebirth.

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Redevelopment of a historic park in Berlin – Moabit




Kleiner Tiergarten / Ottopark, Berlin

Redevelopment of a historic park in Berlin – Moabit
Design and implementation since 2010

The area which today is known as the Kleiner Tiergarten (Small Zoological Garden) came into being in the mid-17th century as compensation for the loss of land at the Grosser Tiergarten (Large Zoological Garden) during Berlin’s expansion as a seat of royal power. It has undergone several transformations, suffered severe damage in the Second World War and was redesigned in the early 1960s. After years of neglect, over-use and misuse, it is this layout which forms the basis for its redevelopment into a contemporary park. The formal and spatial features of the park designed by Wilhelm Alverdes will be emphasised and developed in a sensitive transformation.The dense vegetation along the boundary, mainly consisting of pioneer species, will be deliberately thinned out in certain areas. This will create islands of woodland that are characteristic of the park’s margins. The seemingly continuous hedge will connect the
various parts of the park and link them into the surrounding urban fabric. The crowns of existing trees along the edges of the park will be lifted to different heights. The resultant green filter will enhance the varied spaces created by the woodland islands, whose edges are traced by bands of stone benches.


Another new element with a similar shape to the island-like hedges is to be found in all parts of the park and adds a recognisable and distinctive design feature; the “pebble seats” are organically shaped stones positioned next to the historic park furniture and, as well as providing seating, also serve as play elements.Healthy mature trees inside the park are retained whilst all other vegetation is thinned out. Light and warmth will flood the park, great vistas opened up and expansive lawns and areas of crushed gravel created for various activities.A comprehensive programme is proposed for the park with the objective of accommodating the different interests of users in adequate and safe spaces.









1st prize in Europe-wide competition 2010
Design and realization since 2010
Client: Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin
Area: 6,4 hectares

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