TU Berlin, D – Prof. Jörg Stollmann
“ACADEMIA, SERENDIPITY, MELANCHOLIA”
Each potential site for development is treated with a different strategy to strengthen its quality. Where the highway ends the traffic island becomes populated with slim high-rises for urban nomads. The tower-in-the-park typology found its natural setting and welcomes the influx with an affirmative response. Around the tram depot the limited possibilities of the fringe result in an individualized response of small and large buildings sitting on the edge and bringing liveliness alongside and onto an urban infrastructure. At the Landfried complex the existing vast pavement is taken up as a quality to let urban life play out with improvised or temporary uses, framed with only some new buildings. Together these responses strengthen the quality of the place as an ideal city of heterogeneity.
>> With a high sensibility for the fragmented context, the project proves the potential of multiplicity in urban design. Differences in the urban fabric and in the local identities of the citizens are picked up for solutions that are based on the situation as found, but offering new economic, social and spatial possibilities.
The modernist landscape is the starting point of subtle manipulation to strengthen the potential of the place as found. The new surface layer is most prominent where it connects both adjacent streets and gives the existing rectangular geometry of the individual buildings a spine and motherboard that supports the qualities of the place. Naturally the new pavement stretches around the architecture to connect it and structure the space. With small interventions where existing buildings are duplicated the arrangement of the open spaces is qualified. Together with functional additions for shade, rest and other amenities, the project needs little to turn around the quality with respect to its DNA.
>> The transformation from a “learning-only” to a “lived-in” place is achieved by simple, but effective insertions that divide the open space into high and low-maintenance areas. Together with spatial interventions that invite certain activities the modernist heritage is turned around into a welcoming and integrated landscape inviting everybody to benefit from its openness.
The team from TU Berlin:
Prof. Jörg Stollmann
Franziska Ayoka Ebeler