Turkish Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Small Paradise

STrauma Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin landscape architects Türkische Botschaft, Berlin
STrauma Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin landscape architects Türkische Botschaft, Berlin

Project data

Client Republic of Turkey
Architecture NSH Architekten
Area 0,58 ha
Project team Oliver Alten, Uwe Großkopf
Completion 2014
Location/Google-Maps Tiergartenstraße 19-21, 10785 Berlin
STrauma Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin landscape architects Türkische Botschaft, Berlin

After 69 years the Turkish Embassy returned to its original location in Berlin. The remains of the old cellar arches that were found during construction serve as a reminder of the destruction caused during the Second World War.

The design of the ambassador’s garden in Berlin symbolizes a new, positive start. Dark stripes, formed by granite slabs within beds of blossoming plants, display the Turkish national colours, red and white, forming a dress around the building complex. At the entrance, a large plane tree greets visitors. From the southeast building terrace, steps lead into a sunken garden, a small paradise. Water splashes from a fountain, saturating the “small paradise” with its soothing sound. Corkscrew hazelnut and redbud trees show off in a display of form and colour, symbolizing the connection between German and Turkish culture. Moveable garden chairs can be placed under the shade of silverberry trees or into the scent of blossoming lavender.

The roof garden also offers mobile chairs and large potted plants that can be arranged according to the occasion. The Atrium is conceived with potted olive trees to perfect a representative atmosphere for this special space neighboring the Tiergarten Park and other embassies.