Thus, all design elements of the airport revolve around the same geometric logic, forming an architectural unity on every level, big and small. Besides its aesthetic function, the hexagon also serves a practical purpose: its original ring shape aids passengers in orientation. Regardless of the direction you go in, you ultimately end up back where you started. A straightforward colour concept as well as uniform writing and visual language for signage contribute to this, as well.
From the hexagon shape comes what most consider the airport’s biggest advantage: the short distances and speedy check-in. It’s only a 30m walk from the taxi to the gate. This “drive-in airport” created in Tegel is still special today, since its architecture never required much space. This was a vital factor in the then enclosed West Berlin.
Even though air traffic is leaving Tegel, the site still has a future. The listed buildings of the former airport will be reused to form the centre of a new, innovative concept.