Square design | Competition | 4th Prize | Marx-Engels- und Rathausforum, Berlin, Germany


A large, dense grove of trees and a wide, open area with isolated solitaires transform the changing history of urban density. No reconstruction of old ground plans, but revelation of the power of the space and also the intensity of the spatial change. The bisection of the square space preserves and breaks the axiality of the square. The axis remains, but the spatial composition changes. A spatial metaphor of the city’s contradictory history.

The design responds to the dimensions of power with the small: the chair as a metaphorical symbol. Arrangements of chairs as traces of use. People are taking control of the place. A place for the Berliners.