context and problem
Berlin is a dynamic city, whose urban fabric is the manifestation of its discordant past. Each time period of architecture and history overlay and develop on one another, giving the city its uniquely multicultural and rebellious identity.
The neighborhoods adjacent to Karl Marx Allee are a large scale embodiment of the modernist urban design concept of “Towers in a Park”. Within this context however, the “park” is left undeveloped. The combination of typological “towers” and lack of ownership of the “park” generates dissonance through the ambiguous distinction between public and private space.
Our urban intervention introduces an alternative system of densification specific to this area of East Berlin.
The system is antithetical to the ideology of the existing Modernist blocks and shies away from singular architectural and urban forms. Utilizing diverse, smaller scale components this methodology creates cohesive communities that layer within the existing context and reclaim underutilized open space.
The design is organized by a tessellation in which the unit is comprised of enclosed mass, inhabitable surfaces, and voids. Through mirroring and rotation, the resulting aggregation of the components generates a variety of unit and spatial conditions with an inherent solid-void relationship.
The design seeks to promote new methods of urban living. By rejecting the singular apartment building, the aggregation of units and shared spaces instigate a more cohesive urban community. Visual porosity across levels and interstitial conditions generate opportunities for spontaneous community interaction.