Berlin Adlershof

Berlin, Germany
HS.02 huthwelker.stoehr + partner
Berlin, Germany

Sophisticated urban living is not a modern invention, in the 12th century multi-storey residential buildings seem to have already existed in the cities. A Townhouse is characterized in that it is located right in the city, standing on a narrow plot and directly adjacent to the fire walls of the neighboring buildings. Its history is centuries old and ranges from the traditional home with high gables and magnificent facades to the contemporary hypermodern home.

The tendency for families to turn their backs on suburban living, revitalizing the city, reintroduces the townhouse and its continuous development. Particularly popular - the new/old capital Berlin!

Berlin-Adlershof is a growing location where people mainly work and study but here the innovations of tomorrow are being developed. About 14,000 people now have a job in one of more than 800 companies. Additionally 6,800 students and nearly 900 employees and academic staff work at the Humboldt University.

Between the campus of the Humboldt University and the landscape park, the Adlershof Projekt GmbH has started developing an area of ​​about 14 hectares of new residential neighborhoods. In this new residential quarter around 900 residential units will emerge. The aim is to develop a mixture of urban townhouses, villas and apartment buildings.

Located in the district Johannisthal in south-east Berlin, the developing area is situated in the north of the Humbolt University.

Urban Concept
Facing the Catherine Boll-Dornberger Street, a 4-storey construction is arranged to frame the area. In the area to the rear, the buildings are arranged around a central green space. On the south-east and the north-west border linear buildings are located. By giving the rows a different length (2 to 5 units) the townscape is loosened. The resulting gaps between the buildings allow vistas and create space for transitions throughout the plot.

The transport infrastructure is ensured via two links to the Newton Street in the south-west. Along the Catherine Boll-Dornberger Street, these two access routes are connected in a ring. In the north-east, a turning area for fire engines and garbage trucks is provided. Within walking distance, the area is connected to the traffic development. In addition the gaps between the buildings allow the development of crossways throughout the plot, while connecting the neighborhood park. Tied to the existing footpaths are the pedestrian and bicycle paths in the West, at the Newton Street in the south and to the Catherine Boll-Dornberger road in the north. Parking spaces are provided on the ground floor of the townhouses. Additional spaces may be purchased or rented in the central, subterranean parking garage.

The Townhouses
In the field two different types of townhouses are provided. The first type (T1) is based on a 7.50 m grid pattern and features large living spaces and balconies cut over two floors. This type resembles a form of courtyard house. On the ground floor there is a trimmed, central yard, which is affiliated with the kitchen, but shielded from the surrounding neighborhood. The second type of house (T2) with a 6 meter grid allows a slightly smaller living space. The theme of the cuts and recesses of the larger house type is transferred to the structuring of the facades. Both types of houses allow spacious roof terraces and private gardens. The proposed townhouses are mainly characterized by their simple, factual cubature. The two types of houses allow a mixture of different apartment sizes, responding to different needs. The mixing of types results in a varied and attractive urban context and loosens the overall structure generated by the differentiation of cubature.

Energy efficiency
The design of the houses, with plaster facades and insulation systems, gives the opportunity to adjust the thickness of the insulation for various energy-efficient variations. The standards of ENEV can be implemented as well as passive house quality. The use of the existing district heating represents an interesting option for heating and domestic hot water production.

Park - semiprivate
The semi-private park can be used by residents of the neighborhood as interactive outdoor space. At the same time the green belt separates the private gardens of the townhouses. Below the park sits a naturally ventilated parking garage. Elevated planters for tree islands and landscaping functioning as roofing for the garage. The spaces are equipped with air-and light-permeable grids that allow the crossing and provide the garage with air and daylight.

Private gardens
All townhouses offer private gardens, which are separated by hedges. The gardens are oriented away from the street and are accessible by footpaths on the back.

Green roofs
The townhouses have a green roof which serves as a stormwater retention buffer meeting the ecological interpretation of the district.

Roof terraces
Spacious rooftop terraces offer accommodation possibilities and outlooks. The offset roof terraces vary the basic idea of ​​townhouses and soften the building’s facades in cubature and appearance.

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