Purpose of the Project
Need for transportation
Considering the location of the International Garden Exhibition on the outskirts of Berlin, the relatively long paths on the grounds themselves, and the narrow paths for pedestrians, the space placed high demands on the development concept. Having a transportation connection to the city center that was user-friendly and fast was an important requirement for the success of the event. The creation of good inner interconnectivity on the premises with short, direct, and accessible paths was also an essential aspect that needed to be taken into consideration. In order to provide this, two main entrances were created for the exhibition. One entrance involved reaching the ropeway station from the Kienberg (Gärten der Welt) subway station with the subway line from the city center. The other entrance involved shuttling the visitors, who had arrived by car, to the entrance at Blumberger Damm with buses.
A ropeway was the most suitable and at the same time most environmentally friendly means of transportation for ensuring that the grounds were equally accessible from both entrance points. It offers unrestricted accessibility, takes up little space, takes just a short time to build, and has a positive energy balance.
Access to the International Garden Exhibition was also included in considerations of later use of the grounds and ropeway. So the concept for use after the exhibition was also taken into account from the very start of planning. The former IGA grounds, which are now located in the Gardens of the World (admission fee required) and the free access Kienberg Park, are still connected quickly and conveniently with the Kienberg subway station (Gärten der Welt). The inner accessibility of the Kienberg Park with its about 110 meter high plateau is ensured now as it was for the IGA Berlin 2017.