Situated in the center of Berlin on a former East German memorial to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the forum represents a complex relationship
with its surroundings and the city’s historical fabric. Tasked with proposing a solution to this controversial site, I worked with two other students and developed
a cohesive vision for the role of public space in Berlin while attempting to link ‘Old Berlin’ with the new.
Connection with Surrounding Sites
Key Public Spaces
As a basis for our exploration of public space solutions, we examined various Italian designs and quickly identified Piazza San Marco in Venice as an ideal example of the type of program we sought to achieve.
Both the Marx-Engels Forum and Piazza San Marco share similarities in program and iconic structure. These design correlations were examined to understand how spatial relationships would effect the experience of the site.