CONTEXT

BERLIN

The city of Berlin has been undergoing massive changes throughout the last couple of years. Since the fall of the wall, large parts of the city have been rediscovered, destroyed buildings made hospitable again, and a dynamic crowd keeps on waking up sleepy Berliners with strange tongues and great ideas — despite the incapacity of the city government. As always, this is accompanied by unforeseen side-effects: the unique social equilibrium in the different neighbourhoods is being shattered. Berlin was a city of heterogeneous, mixed spheres, it is now becoming a more stratified, classical capital. Aggressive gentrification is a direct consequence to the magnetic attraction Berlin has on people from all over the world. Day by day, the remaining war wounds, so typical for this city, and green lungs of the city have to yield in order to satisfy the constantly increasing demand for high-quality urban living space.

gentrification

/ˌdʒen.trɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/, noun

is a shift in an urban community toward wealthier residents and/or businesses and increasing property values. Gentrification is typically the result of investment in a community by local government, community activists, or business groups, and can often spur economic development, attract business, and lower crime rates. In addition to these potential benefits, gentrification can lead to population migration, which involves poorer residents being displaced by wealthier newcomers.

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ROOFSCAPE

Yet there still is a lot of unused living space in the very centre of the city: on top of the Berliner Altbau — Berlin’s typical turn-of-the-century apartment block. During the war, many buildings were destroyed and their tops were often only scantily reconstructed afterwards: the divided city focused on rebuilding quickly. Time went by, the roof trusses did not receive a lot of care and are now in bad constructive shape. Due to their very limited heat resistance they are also responsible for a big part of the energy loss of the buildings.
So, instead of promoting urban sprawl or taking away the city’s soul with the standard apartment-investment complexes for expats, we want to use and revalue this prime living space: densifying and not displacing the people who lived in their neigbourhoods for years.
The Schwarzplan on the right side highlights roofs qualified for our concept. It only shows a sector of Berlin but you will find as many orange spots anywhere else in the city. We promise!

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WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE STROLL. LET’S STOP AT ONE ALTBAU NOW.