Audio collage. Duration: 5 minutes.
Recorded at Berlin Wholesale Market, March 2019.
Image: Aerial photo of Berlin Wholesale Market (1965, Fruchthof Berlin, CC BY-SA 4.0).
The aerial photo shows the grounds of Berlin Wholesale Market in 1965.
The hall of the vegetables market section is left of the image center (saw-tooth roof with diagonal groin vaults); the hall of the meat market section sits behind the first hall (larger part outside frame; not completed to the day; saw-tooth roof with Silberkuhl hyperboloid shells).
Westhafen canal, completed by the mid of the 1950ies, runs diagonal across the field of view. In this area, it replaced the north-eastern part of Charlottenburg canal which ran across what are today the grounds of the wholesale market.
Beusselstraße leads alongside the wholesale market grounds to the right outside of field of view, separating them from the area of Berlin Western Habour at its water level tower. A medium sized high-rise slab was planned to be build by the side of Beusselstraße between the entrance and exit ramps of the wholesale market. However, this office building was never erected.
Photos of the architectural model of the wholesale market also show that a tramway was planned on Beusselstraße. A wide central dividing strip between the street lanes was reserved for the tramway. However, tram service ceased in all of West-Berlin 2 years after the aerial photo above was taken. The dividing strip is greened with trees and grass today.
A tramway may after all be build at this point in the course of connecting todays tram line M13 (terminus Virchow-Klinikum) and the new tramway running on Turmstraße in Moabit heading towards Berlin Main Station.