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New Housing on Briesestraße

The building figure composed of several parts condenses the site and unites the different scales and typologies of the slab and the courtyard that characterise its surroundings. The proposed geometry nestles up against the firewalls of the existing neighbouring buildings and with its central internal courtyard creates an outdoor space of high quality. The generously dimensioned courtyard becomes the social centre of the housing development. The access decks, which face onto the courtyard, are a circulation and balcony structure that can potentially be appropriated by the community of residents. By making one wing of the new building taller than the buildings immediately beside it an independent symbol is placed in the district.

The uses proposed for the ground floor such as a café with outdoor seating and flexibly sized studios along Briesestraße activate the urban space. Each of the four building parts responds with its simple basic structure and typology to its specific position in the mesh. Apartments ranging in size from 1 to 4 rooms, studio apartments and large apartments with additional communal areas were created. Within the flexible ‘shelf’ the apartment mix could be adapted with little effort or expenditure.

Photographs: © Andrew Alberts, Berlin · Film: © Senate Department for Urban Development, Building und Housing, Berlin

Index: 227 BRI
Dates: Competition 2015 · Planning phase 2016–2019 · Construction phase 2016–2020

Team EM2N
Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli · Associates: Fabian Hörmann (competition), Verena Lindenmayer (execution) · Project leader: Henrike Kortemeyer · Project team (competition): Mathias Kampmann, António Mesquita, Inês Nunes, Caroline Vogel, Leonard Wertgen · Project team (execution): Laura Ball, Pia Brückner, Felix Dechert, Götz Lachenman
Model making: Jonas Rindlisbacher

Specialist planners
General planning: Implenia Hochbau GmbH, Leipzig ·Tendering / Quality assurance: HW-Ingenieure GmbH, Berlin · Civil engineer (competition): Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Zurich · Demolition and structural engineering: Ingenieurbüro Rüdiger Jockwer GmbH, Berlin · Ventilation underground car park: Ingenieur- und Sachverständigenbüro Karl-Heinz Quenzel, Berlin · Sound insulation: Bauphysik Ritter, Potsdam · Building physics / thermal insulation: Andreas Wilke Ingenieurbüro für Bauphysik und Baukonstruktion GmbH, Potsdam · Fire protection: Andreas Wilke Ingenieurbüro für Bauphysik und Baukonstruktion GmbH, Berlin · Fire safety inspector: KLW Ingenieure GmbH, Berlin · Traffic planning: R+T Verkehrsplanung GmbH, Darmstadt · Landscape architecture: MAN MADE LAND Bohne Lundqvist Mellier GbR, Berlin · Surveyors: Ingenieursozietät Rek & Wieck, Berlin · Signage: EM2N, Caroline Vogel, Zurich

Location
Berlin-Neukölln, Germany

Procedure
Competition, 1st prize

Client
STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

Year
2015–2020

Status
Built

Program
Ateliers, Café, Cluster apartments, Communal areas, Housing, Parking, Studios

Size
13,343 m²