Commerce at the Yorckbrücken
What existed in abundance in the war-induced ruins of Berlin?: rubble and scrap. The company Krüger & Co. recirculated used steel girders. Next door, Wilehma sold new paint for Berlin’s redevelopment measures.
What saved the Yorckbrücken?
... their status as a preservation-listed monument, their new function as a connecting cycle route and footpath between the parks, and a metal construction company that contributed both its expertise and its passionate engagement.
Heckmann - Sanierung der Yorckbrücken in Berlin
Exceptional urban locations are inspiring. In 1987, the signs of the times were often expressed through performance art. The artist duo p. t. t. red provoked the traffic flowing beneath the Yorckbrücken with its performance “Steinzeit – Kreidezeit” (“Stone Age – Cretaceous Period”).
A Real Find:
A panorama photograph of the enchanted bridge landscape in 1974. We installed it along the railings of the southern retaining wall, where the photograph was originally taken. Before and after: see for yourself!
FRANZ-HEINRICH SCHWECHTEN (1841–1924)
Established himself as a master builder with his design for the Anhalter Bahnhof in 1880. Many of his buildings have defined Berlin’s architectural landscape: the Grunewaldturm, the “Kulturbrauerei”, the AEG building in Ackerstrasse and the Gedächtniskirche, which remains preserved as a ruin.
Standardised DIN rivets
The film presents the process of hot-riveting large steel construction elements. The method is almost a hundred years old and was standardised using one of the first DIN norms, which still applies almost unchanged today. Over 20,000 new rivets have been used to restore the Yorckbrücken to date.
Heckmann Metall- und Maschinenbau GmbH
Outdoor exhibition opened
The exhibition on the history of the Yorckbrücken was officially opened on October 31, 2019. It was conceived, curated, designed and produced in only one year. The opening ceremony in fine weather included jazz music performed by the music school and Swabian ravioli.
eckedesign / Karen August