Townhouse O21, Berlin – Location Oberwallstr. 21, 10117 Berlin Year completion 2008 Client private
On a property in Berlin’s Friedrichswerder neighbourhood, the city government launched an initiative for the creation of a new urban quarter with 47 townhouses; in terms of appearance and execution the project was to reflect the developer’s vision of heterogeneity and individuality. On one of the narrow plots, living quarters are organized vertically as a coherent fluid space extending across seven levels. The different cantilevered levels jutting into the building’s two-storey communal centre develop additional functions that become more private with each upward level. New perspectives and lines of sight give the building a dynamic that makes it a walkable spatial sculpture.
Team Florian Fels, Olaf Menk, Arno Löbbecke, Jacob van Ommen, Ingo Beckmann, Alessio Fossati
Technical planners IBT Ingenieurbüro für Tragwerksplanung GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim (structural engineering) – RM Ingenieurgesellschaft Ridder und Meyn mbH, Berlin (building services) – Topotek 1 Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH, Berlin (open space planning)
Photos Mads Mogensen, Jan Bitter