The Tempodrom is an event venue in Berlin. It was initially launched in 1980 as a kind of alternative circus in a tent on the west side of the Potsdamer Platz in what was at the time the immediate vicinity of the Berlin Wall by a former nurse, Irene Moessinger with an inheritance. It has since moved several times and is now located in the Kreuzberg neighborhood in a building inspired by the early tent.
In 1985, the Tempodrom moved from the tent on the Potsdamer Platz to the vicinity of the Kongresshalle in the Grosser Tiergarten, then after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, moved again. With private donations, government grants, and compensation for the old location, in 2001, the New Tempodrom reopened on the grounds of the former Anhalter Bahnhof (full reportage HERE) in a new, concrete building, inspired by the original tents.
Designed by Doris Schäffler and Stephan Schütz on the site of the former train station built pickup at Askanischer Platz The roof, which is reminiscent of the Cathedral of Brasília by Oscar Niemeyer, is inspired by the shape of a circus tent, and with its aseptic, white forms a contrast to the remains of the former station represents.