Continuity
3194-KAI-BER.DE-2021
Architect: Jonas Kaiser
Client: OTH Regensburg
Status: Academic
Location: Berlin, Germany
Coordinates: 52.502014, 13.513279
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Material: Concrete
Environment: Urban
Visualizer: Studio
Scale: 15.200 ㎡ Large
Types: Housing, Office, Office building, Residential

A new chapter in Berlin Friedrichsfelde: Housing for a diverse community.

In a time when housing shortage is increasingly becoming a challenge, it is crucial to find innovative approaches to create high-quality and affordable housing. But how can we meet this urgent need without sacrificing the character of our neighborhoods? This question was at the heart of the design for a residential project in Berlin Friedrichsfelde. The aim was to rethink and revitalize the typical prefab housing situation. Instead of leaving the residual spaces undeveloped, the design seeks to create a continuous spatial continuum that seamlessly extends the existing development. Through clear articulation and reduction to few elements in the architectural language, a harmonious ensemble is created that organically integrates into the surroundings. The strong articulation also allows for simple construction by prefabricating key components, contributing to an efficient and sustainable building process while reinterpreting the character of prefab architecture.

A central aspect of the design is the diversity of housing typologies. From single apartments to maisonettes to luxury apartments and co-office spaces, the project offers space for a variety of residents and uses. This diversity encourages mixity and creates a vibrant community where everyone feels welcome. The architectural structures of the buildings, combined with the reduced material palette of concrete, glass, metal, and fabric, stand in stark contrast to their surroundings, the flowing and unordered landscape. This contrast creates a fascinating tension that directs attention to the artistic design of the buildings while emphasizing the natural beauty of the environment. It is not just about reclaiming green spaces but transforming them into lively recreational areas.

These green spaces not only serve as retreats for residents but also as habitats for local wildlife, thus contributing to the promotion of biodiversity in the city. The idea is more than just a complex of buildings. It is a living place that shapes the future of urban living while respecting the history and identity of the neighborhood. It is a place where people of different backgrounds and lifestyles come together to create a vibrant and sustainable community.

Team: Jonas Kaiser, Erich Szlosek | Consultant: Marc Philip Reichwald | Post date: 13/05/2024 | Views: 279