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The city of Berlin is characterized by solitary peaks that build up little connection to each other. The skyscraper confetti thus forms the opposite position to the clearly defined perimeter block development. The design area, as a gateway to the densely populated area of the City West, brings the great potential of four related properties and their simultaneous development. A cluster of 2-3 high points will be formed on each plot, inspired by the diverse buildings in the surrounding area. The distribution of the building mass on different high points makes the buildings resilient and efficient, since they can be divided and used differently. The concept is based on the continuation of the diverse and sophisticated urban structure while at the same time ensuring high land utilisation. By emphasizing the intersection as an urban, high-density hotspot, a new location with special centrality and distinct urban conciseness is created.
Builders and planners can no longer rely wholly on the construction of new buildings. Priority must be given to preservation and to the material and constructive continuation of that which already exists – as opposed to its frivolous demolition. The concept of "embodied energy", which takes into account the material, transport, and construction energy put into existing buildings, has become a key benchmark for assessing energy efficiency, both in the planning process and in legal regulations. What we need is a new culture of maintenance and repair.
Pascal Hentschel (in situ), Nils Nolting (Cityförster) and Henri Praeger (Praeger Richter Architekten) demonstrate how this can be achieved in three completed projects submitted to the Houston we have a problem call.
The design for the Olympic Village in Munich looks beyond the Olympic Winter Games 2018: It is planned as a future-orientated inner city borough offering new ways of living and car-free areas, as well as functioning on closed-loop-systems (energy, water, waste). The typical outset of the perimeter block as a 'successful element' of the European city is formally and programmatically refined: The ensemble of tapered roofscapes, creating the characteristic image of a built landscape, determines a continuation of the close-by Olympic Park. These roofscapes form generous terraces for use by the inhabitants as well as generating ideally oriented surfaces, which are beneficial for the use of solar energy. Various sizes and styles of apartments such as lofts, patios and duplexes, as well as urban terraced houses resembling "house-in-house"-arrangements, are combined into one single block. Hereby a lively and diverse community shall be promoted and enabled.