A vacant lot in close proximity to the Hackesche Höfe courtyard ensemble was the site for a residential and office building that in its various levels of permeability seeks dialogue with the city around it. The L-shaped building connects to the adjacent urban structure with a tapered “atrium seam” and mediates between the two buildings with its staggered building height. In the atrium, the individual functional units are accessed via an open staircase and walkways, giving the apartments in the side wings an additional orientation point. The courtyard façade of the side wing has a curved shape that follows the path of the sun in order to achieve optimal lighting conditions. On the roof of the side wing are common areas, including a children’s playground, benches and a barbecue for recreational use.
Location Hackescher Markt 2-3, 10178 Berlin Year 2000 Client Gantenbrink Grundstücksgesellschaft GbR, Menden
Team Olaf Menk, Jan Rützel
Technical planners CBF Engineering GmbH, Berlin (structural engineering) – Amstein + Walthert AG, Zürich, Prof. Dr. Hansjürg Leibundgut, Zürich, KEP Klaus Engelhardt & Partner Beratende Ingenieure für Industrie- und Haustechnik, Berlin (building services) – Ludwig & Meyer, Berlin (façade consulting) – Topotek 1 Gesellschaft von Landschaftsarchitekten mbH, Berlin (open space planning)
Photos Mads Mogensen, Christian Gahl, Jörg Hempel, Florian Bolk, Frank Hülsbömer