Built between 1936 and 1941, Tempelhof Airport was the largest building in the world at the time, with 307,000 square meters of building space and a roof that could hold up to 80,000 spectators for air shows. During the Nazi era, the airport served as a monumental self-display; in the post-war period, with the Airlift, it became a symbol of freedom. Since its closure in 2008, the seven hangars have housed refugees, social projects and cultural events. During the reconstruction phase, the Komische Oper Berlin is staging a major premiere at unusual locations to kick off the season in September. This season: at Tempelhof Airport.