About the IGA Berlin 2017
In November 2008, the Senate of Berlin decided to submit an application to hold the IGA Berlin 2017 on the former site of Tempelhof Airport as a reference project for the sustainable and modern urban development of the state of Berlin. The application documents were presented to the Deutsche Bundesgartenschau-Gesellschaft mbH (DBG) in March 2009. By June 2010, IGA Berlin 2017 GmbH had been founded.
On 18 September 2012, the Senate of Berlin passed a resolution to move the venue for the IGA Berlin 2017 from the former airport to the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, with a specific focus on parts of Kienberg Hill and Wuhletal Valley in the renowned ‘Gardens of the World’.
Grün Berlin GmbH is responsible for developing the project, overseeing the project and construction management and operating the entire park and open space occupied by the ‘Gardens of the World’ and is also assuming the role of principal on behalf of the state of Berlin.
In 2010, an additional 15 hectares of land was acquired by the state of Berlin for further expansion of the ‘Gardens of the World’. This land underwent swift development as part of the IGA Berlin 2017 plans and has been used accordingly to showcase the themes of an international garden exhibition with a forward-looking and contemporary signature.
The international landscape architecture competition was held in 2013 and building work for the IGA 2017 began in 2014. Furthermore, the IGA Berlin 2017 will extend beyond the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf itself with a decentralised approach that can be seen throughout Berlin – by defining outstanding development projects for open spaces and urban areas and creating themed routes of touristic interest.