Airplane Mode

Tegel Airport, Berlin,
Germany (2020-2021)
Software used:
Archicad; Sketchup; Photoshop; 

Type of project:
Research Project, part o my
MA degree at UAL
Mihaela Nenescu
(interior design & concept developement);

On a former airport site, the Airplane Mode Project consists of the adaptive reuse of an early 20th century building, known as 'Tegel Airport ', that, until recently, supplied an air connection with the world for the city of Berlin. Due to its incapacity to accommodate a constantly rising number of flights, the airport closed its doors in October 2020.

In the interconnected socio-economical weave, humans, and buildings, we are found vulnerable, we have short and often unpredictable validity.
By sharing this vulnerability with the building, the ultimate proposal is to transform the iconic hexagon building into a rehabilitation centre for people suffering from burnout. As a space of transition, now in a different form, the building will be more than a stylistic exercise or an architectural statement.
By keeping concrete, the key material, exposed, andcomplementing it with a range of variations of colors andshapes, it touches on its stereotypical qualities, helping us to we redefine the idea of comfort. The proposal creates a transition in time and space that is stimulated using the visual and tactile qualities of the surfaces.

Through theoretical explorations, practical testing, a balance between the rough and the delicate, chaos and order is imagined. The inherent nature of transition space is aimed to be kept to some degree, through the physicality of the motions and movements. But, one can hope that the emotive transitions are made through the interpretations, perceptions that are more openly offered up by the subtly nudged freedoms.

 Videos documenting the philosophy of the project and the meaning of its initiation: