Project   Freundschaftsinsel
Client   VIP Verkehrsbetriebe Potsdam mbH / Pro Potsdam GmbH
Location   Potsdam, Germany
Planning period   2006 – 2010
Construction period   2009 - 2011
Completion   2011
Service   Planning and construction supervising (Lph 1-9)
Partner   Kolb Ripke Architekten GmbH
Klähne Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
Cost   1.1 million Euro
Area   2.5 ha
Awards   1st prize, 2006
Brandenburger Baukulturpreis, 2011
Photography credit   Sabine von Sarnowski, Jörg Michel

In the midst of the historic center of Potsdam and at the junction of two arms of the Havel River lies “Freundschaftsinsel”, the Island of Friendship. Today, the island is one of the most popular parks within the heritage landscape of Potsdam.

The new entrance area of the park, located at its upper level, is characterized by generous grass stairs, hedges and ornamental flower beds. The once steep slope has been transformed into a welcoming space for picnics, sunbathing or just enjoying the view over the lower park. Minimalistic, simple, but clearly recognizable are the concrete strips that form the terraces in the lawn. Dancing trees from within the park cross the bridge and connect the small tip of the island with the main park, while boardwalks lead to riparian zones on either side of the island.

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