In 1925, a radical new plan was presented to cut congestion on Potsdamer Platz, which was suffering due to a ‘complete overload’ of cars, vans and buses.
It looks like a set from the movie Metropolis.
In order to avoid the jams and to enable pedestrians to make a safe crossing, a futuristic canopy in the square – with spider-like bridging was suggested by a team of architects.
Escalators would ferry people up and down the structure, which was dubbed “Drüber weg” – the platform was 5 metres in height and star-shaped.
The execution of the plan, however, failed due to ‘structural difficulties’- plus many Berliners were not keen on the idea.
There were also objections because Potsdamer Platz would have to be completely closed for construction, causing the traffic in Berlin’s center to come to a standstill.
But, we can dream….