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Remise for startups in Prenzlauer Berg, Jan Wiese Architects with Ralf Wilkening, Photo: Simon Menges

Digital artisans in a rear yard outbuilding: Remise for startups in Prenzlauer Berg

Some 80 percent of the buildings in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district date back to the early 19th century, and still have the typical layout a front building, rear building and Remise outbuilding at the back. In Immanuelkirch Strasse, Jan Wiese Architects with Ralf Wilkening have inserted an office building for startups at the northern end of the back yard of a tenement building from Germany’s rapid industrial expansion years. Along with apartments in the rear and front building – and an attic terrace also designed by the architects in the latter – the office space in the new Remise outbuilding contributes to the idea of a city of diverse uses.

The hybrid construction comprises load-bearing walls in in-situ exposed concrete and composite timber-concrete ceilings. The wooden ceiling structures have been left visible and form a contrast to the mineral surface of the walls. The western, northern and eastern façades of the Remise have no openings, whereas the southern one is glass-walled from top to bottom, providing the interior with plenty of natural light. Fixed glazing alternates with sliding elements that open up onto French balconies, thus enlivening the otherwise plain elevation. The front glazing also continues down to the exposed basement.

Each level from the ground floor up contains an office unit with 502 square metres of net floor area that can be individually divided with dry partition walls. A kitchen and rooms for arbitrary uses are contained in the basement, and along with the roof terrace are available for use by all members of the co-working community.

Further Information:

planning of structural framework: Fd- ingnieure
TGA-Planning: Ingenieurbüro Dr.Specht
timber construction: Kai Vater
construction company: Hochbau KW Wohn- und Industriebau

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