Unused wasteland around the Monumentenbrücke bridge in Schöneberg was turned into a new urban square that was opened to the public at the end of 2014.
The 1.6-hectare Monumentenplatz square is to the south of the Flaschenhals Park at the Monumenten bridge in the district of Schöneberg. Here an unused wasteland site was developed into a new urban square, which was opened to the public at the end of 2014.
Atelier Loidl landscape architects created the design for Monumentenplatz and detailed planning was carried out by the TDB Thomanek, Duquesnoy, Boemans firm of landscape architects. The square’s design fits in with the site’s historic use as a railyard and the adjoining local transport depot, part of the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) Berlin.
The square’s large-format stone paving was laid in reminiscence of the former sidings and, as part of the Berlin-Leipzig cycle route, is also a good surface to ride a bike on. At the centre of Monumentenplatz is a children’s playground with a sophisticated climbing parcours. The bright red steel structure plays with railway elements including tracks, bridges, platforms, and freight such as barrels. In the small children’s section is a see-sawing platform, balancing beams and other objects to discover. There is also a quiet retreat area equipped with a hammock and seating. Several tables and benches and a long sunbed invite visitors to linger. Twelve newly planted shady Japanese Pagoda Trees complete the square.
Visitors reach the square from slightly higher Monumentenstrasse down stairs or a ramp. From here the path leads north into the Flaschenhals Park, the southern end of the Park am Gleisdreieck. Monumentenplatz links the Berlin-Leipzig cycle route as it exits the Flaschenhals Park with the Nord-Süd Grünzug (north-south green corridor) currently being created along the old Dresdner Bahn rail route. It is also part of the Schöneberger Schleife (Schöneberg loop), a continuous barrier-free green path leading from Südkreuz railway station to the Gleisdreieck park, open from 2016.
The construction of Monumentenplatz was financed mainly by the “Stadtumbau West” urban development programme. Under the ambit of an urban development contract, local property developer UTB undertook the construction and cost of the stairs and ramp and also contributed to financing the playground.
After the park’s completion, Grün Berlin GmbH will carry out park and operations management for the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district authority.