Europan Germany

E17: Berlin


Team composition 
architect/ urbanist/ landscaper

Berlin Pankow, Germany

Berlin: 3.821.800 | Pankow: 418.250 

Study site 
ca. 1145 ha

Project site 
ca. 66 ha 

Site proposal
City of Berlin

Actors involved 
Berlin Senate Administrations, District of Pankow, Deutsche Bahn



An urban development vision is to be developed for the Karower Kreuz in the north-east of Berlin that shows how the development of a hybrid traffic junction can become an impulse generator for the urban further development of existing residential quarters. 

Berlin's population has grown continuously by almost half a million inhabitants over the last 20 years. The district of Pankow in the north of Berlin is one of the fastest growing districts and has a particularly dynamic development. In order to meet the challenges associated with this, especially the shortage of housing, Berlin is developing innovative and sustainable urban districts. At Karower Kreuz - where city turns into countryside - there is significant urban development potential for Berlin with several large brownfield sites. 

The construction of the regional and suburban railway station "Karower Kreuz" can provide impulses for reorganisation within the Europan project area and also the surrounding area. The aim is to overcome urban development barriers and create a place of networking and interconnection that links the various urban and landscape spaces and enhances them in terms of design. 

The interplay of new and existing neighbourhoods at a regional and suburban railway station, which is in the preliminary planning stage, is at the centre of the consideration of the site. Forward-looking planning approaches are sought at the interface of urban and transport planning. As the nucleus and new urban centre, the new station building is decisive for further urban development processes in the surrounding area. In terms of urban planning, the designs should contribute to the debate on urban mobility, density and networking and strengthen an integrated perspective of urban growth.


Commission after competition 
in the on-site workshops after the competition, the results are to be discussed on site and adapted if necessary. The next planned step is to commis- sion the winning team(s) with urban planning studies.

Site visit and Questions Colloquium: Friday 28 April, starting 9am., Meeting place: at the entrance of the S-Bahn Station Karow (S2/RB27) Boenkestraße 40, 13125 Berlin