Made up of several constituent parts, New Housing on Briesestraße by EM2N is a housing building that unites the different scales and typologies, the slab and the courtyard, that characterize its surroundings. It mediates at the joint between the heterogeneous block perimeter development, with its typical firewalls, and the large, meandering late modern structures dating from the Sixties and Seventies.
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The new building increases the density of the site. The proposed geometry nestles up against the firewalls of the existing neighboring buildings, and with its central courtyard, it creates a quality outdoor space. By making one wing of the new building taller than the buildings immediately beside it, an independent symbol is placed in the district.
The functions proposed for the ground floor, such as a café with outdoor seating on Kienitzer Straße and flexibly sized studios along Briesestraße, activate the urban space.
Each of the four parts of the building reacts with a simple basic structure and typology to its specific position within the system. The apartments created range in size from one to four rooms and there are also studio apartments and larger apartments with additional communal areas. Within the flexible “shelf” the apartment mix could be adapted with little effort or expenditure.
The generously dimensioned internal courtyard becomes the social center of the housing development. The access decks facing onto the courtyard are a circulation and balcony structure with the potential to be appropriated by the community of residents. Two passageways on the ground floor lead into the communal courtyard, which thanks to its partly planted, partly hard surfaced terracing makes an urban impression.
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The appearance of this made-to-measure urban piece in the heterogeneous urban mesh of the Rollberg district results from the use of industrial materials that, through their detailing and the way they are put together and their particular resonance, emanate a high level of quality. Façades with French windows and cladding of large aluminum panels rise from a robust exposed concrete plinth. This materialization provides an unpretentious background for the appropriation of the building by its residents.
DATE: 2015 (competition) 2016-2019 (planning) 2017-2020 (completion) / LOCATION: Briesestraße 19, Kienitzer Straße 26, Berlin, Germany / AREA: 13,343 m2 (Gross floor area), 7,777 m2 (Rental space) / PROGRAM: 101 residential / studio units, cluster apartments, café, underground car park with 28 parking spaces / STATUS: built / DESIGN: 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, Jonas Rindlisbacher, Caroline Vogel, Leonard Wertgen / PROJECT TEAM EXECUTION: Laura Ball, Pia Brückner, Felix Dechert, Götz Lachenmann / CONSTRUCTION: Implenia Hochbau GmbH, Berlin / CONSULTANTS: GNEISE Planungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft mbH (construction economics), HW-Ingenieure GmbH (Tendering / Quality assurance), Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG (Civil engineer – competition), Ingenieurbüro Rüdiger Jockwer GmbH (Civil engineer – execution), Ingenieur- und Sachverständigenbüro Karl-Heinz Quenzel (Planning and coordination heating, ventilation, cooling technologie, air-conditioning underground car park), GNEISE Planungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft mbH (Building services), Bauphysik Ritter (Acoustics), Andreas Wilke Ingenieurbüro für Bauphysik und Baukonstruktion GmbH – Postdam (Building science), Andreas Wilke Ingenieurbüro für Bauphysik und Baukonstruktion GmbH – Berlin (Fire protection), KLW Ingenieure GmbH (Fire protection engineer), R+T Verkehrsplanung GmbH (Traffic planning), MAN MADE LAND Bohne Lundqvist Mellier GbR (Landscape architecture), Ingenieursozietät Rek & Wieck (Surveyors), EM2N – Caroline Vogel (Signage) / CLIENT: STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH / PHOTOS: © Andrew Alberts