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