Germany, Berlin-Spandau 

Berlin-Spandau Railway Station


Competition 1993 – 3rd Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan
Project team, design Walter Gebhardt, Britta Claasen
Partner Hubert Nienhoff
Project managers Sybille Zittlau-Kroos, Birgit Keul-Ricke, Elisabeth Menne
Project team Almut Schlüter, Petar Bozic, Agnieska Preibisz, Margret Böthig, Diane Berve, Karl Baumgarten, Matthias Wiegelmann, Gerd Meyer, Andreas Dierkes, Paul Wolff, Marietta Rothe, Kerstin Struckmeyer, Peter Schuch, Manfred Stanek
Structural engineers schlaich bergermann und partner
Client Deutsche Bahn AG
Construction period 1996–1998
Area station hall 4,891 m²
Glass covered area 20,607 m²



Hans Bach

Hans-Christian Schink

Marcus Bredt

The Spandau Railway Station is part of the main-line service Hanover - Berlin and runs in an elevated position close to Spandau´s town hall.

It is developed with a ground-floor arcade for shopping and railway related functions. The main hall is 430 m long and completely covered with parallel vaulted roofs. Typologically this evokes links to historic station halls, as were presented in the exhibition "Renaissance of Railway Stations" by the Deutsche Bahn AG in Venice during the Biennale in 1996 - four years after the design of this concept.

While typology welcomes tradition, the construction is committed to the 21st century. The roof construction rests on longitudinal beams, supported by columns positioned at 18 m centres in the central axis of the platforms. The cross axis of each column holds curved stiffening ribs. The glass panel cladding vary slightly due to the complex geometry of the platforms, but nevertheless appear identical. The overall construction is stabilized by tensile cables, running diagonally below the roof surface.

Cantilevered lights at 3 m centres illuminate the platform level at night and create reflections in the glass vault with upward beams, resulting in an impressive spatial experience of the fine steel-glass structure.