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Berlin Am Volkspark

Five-Minute-City

The production of affordable housing is currently one of the core tasks of Berlin. As a result, large numbers of residential buildings are currently constructed, shaping the face of the city for a long time.
But as fast as population projections were adjusted in recent years – first down, then up – just as fast the lifestyles and needs of Berliners seems to change.

Which urban and architectural responses are available to meet the current housing needs, preserving the flexibility to adjust to the expectations of the future? We have created a ‘Five-minute-city’, offering a huge variety of living conditions, creating a built framework that is able to adapt to changing wishes and unpredictable market conditions. The plan accommodates 753 apartments and 210 student housing spaces.

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Five residential blocks with different dimensions and typologies create an urban grid. In these 5 micro neighborhoods, outdoor facilities are related to the specific housing types. A mosaic of semi-public yards is positioned within, through and on top of the building blocks. The parking garage along the edge of the plot makes it possible to stretch the yards all the way to the street, establishing them as the new image of the area.

This new made garden patchwork gives identity to every house within the area. Buildings, individual apartments and the surroundings are closely interlinked. A special zone around the buildings deals with this transition between public and private, creating outdoor spaces, terraces and gardens.

The project area is embedded in a diverse collection of public spaces and outdoor facilities: the Volkspark, different sport clubs, the allotment gardens complex, the St. Hedwig-Friedhof and the Sportforum Berlin. The urban grid stitches the new district to these different park zones in the surroundings. The patchwork of gardens adds a whole new collection of functions and atmospheres to the existing network of green spaces.

Year

2015

Location

Berlin, Germany

Type

Public Space

Client

Varenta
Howoge

Size

5.3 ha

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Willemijn van Manen
Laura Spenkelink
Carlijn Klomp
Kim Kool
Andreas Ebert
COBE Berlin

List
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  2. Eemsdelta Campus
  3. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  4. Railroad Zone Amsterdam
  5. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  6. Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood
  7. Healthy Tracks
  8. Towards a healthy city by foot
  9. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  10. The Unbound Amsterdam
  11. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  12. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  13. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  14. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  15. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  16. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  17. Jonas Amsterdam
  18. A green entrance for the airport
  19. Public Space Alpen
  20. Cartesius Quarter
  21. Isle of Dikes
  22. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  23. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  24. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  25. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  26. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  27. City Square Tyumen
  28. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  29. Strategic Urban Green Study
  30. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  31. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  32. ImageWharf
  33. Ódinstorg Square
  34. Overloon War Museum
  35. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  36. Ludlstrasse Munich
  37. Yaanila Country Park
  38. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  39. Villa Garden
  40. City life in the woods
  41. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  42. Socio-technical city of the future
  43. Buji River
  44. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  45. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  46. Maritime Campus Almere
  47. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  48. Sijthoff
  49. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  50. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  51. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  52. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  53. Fish Market Leuven
  54. Zinder Culture Cluster
  55. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  56. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  57. Strategic Plan Fier
  58. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  59. Kronenburg Business Park
  60. Dharavi Mumbai
  61. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  62. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  63. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  64. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  65. Berlin Am Volkspark
  66. The Museum of the 20th Century
  67. Gardabaer
  68. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  69. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  70. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  71. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  72. Danxia Recreational Park
  73. Campus Lelystad
  74. Proto Tamansari
  75. City Gardens Tyumen
  76. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  77. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  78. Bandar Lampung Park
  79. R&D Campus Fengxian
  80. S-West Eindhoven
  81. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  82. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
  83. Brainport Industries Campus
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