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Graft, Bricks Berlin, Berlin

Digital Expressionism: Bricks Berlin by Graft

A 12,000-square-metre lot extending over two postal code areas: the Bricks Berlin building complex designed by Graft is one of the largest building projects to be realised in the Schöneberg district of Berlin over the last few years. In 2014 the property developer Trockland bought the site of the former Schöneberg post office complex, complete with its buildings erected between 1901 and 1932. In the years since, Graft has revitalised the historical brick buildings for use as an office and university location. These have recently been joined by two new buildings that form gatehouses to the interior of the block. The larger, L-shaped one at Hauptstrasse 27-29, contains an organic food supermarket and office space on the ground and first floor, and 107 apartments sized between 33 and 152 square metres on the storeys above. Large square windows framed by striking flashing in golden yellow protrude from the brick façade, which curves in the entrance area inwards in cave-like manner. Parametric design coupled with the bricklaying craft – this is how the architecture of this head building could be summed up.

Vis-à-vis, the smaller of the two structures, one with undulating facades and bands of balcony parapets in brick, recalls the period when the postal complex came about in even more pronounced form. The architects made these references to the site’s past for good reason, namely to convincingly integrate the porter’s premises that still existed at the gatehouse passage in design terms. A total of 20 apartments are contained on the upper floors, which for the most part are elevated by reinforced concrete pillars above the existing part of the building.

Further information:

Landscape architecture: Planungsbüro Haan
Project management and Object surveillance: IKR Kuschel
TGA-planing: Deutsche Energie-Consult
Building physics: Müller-BBM

 

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