Design Luisenstadt by Carolin Kuhn, Mona Tausend,
Tim Bornebusch, Malte Heinze
Juli 06, 2011
The urban area LUISENSTADT, as a part of Berlin´s districts Mitte and Kreuzberg is posing several questions through its historical urban changes, central situation and the contradictory urban physiognomy at the same time.
After the destruction of the second world war, large scale planning developed a mono structural settlement area based on the Charter of Athens, which is today clearly perceivable as an island-like urban continuum even though the area was divided by the borders of the competing political systems.
But still, if you look closer, inside the grown structure of this settlement area and not at least in the context to the surrounding urban space, you can identify historical, urban and functional gaps.
These corridors, each as a characteristic border area inside this settlement structure, are picked up as essential elements by our urban strategy to use this urban volume as potential space by respecting the grown structure of the quarter.
Complex function of urban space, heterogeneous programs and scenarios and small scale planning are the leading ideas combined in this project, which is connecting the existing tendencies in the area, compensating shortfalls and generating individual, local urban space.
The 3 projects are the initial.
Design for the new social and cultural center of the Luisenstadt.
The foundation of the old church of Luisenstadt, the former social center of the urban area, which was part of the death zone of the Berlin Wall, affects the position of the new community center.
The project keeps the atmosphere of the urban open space and enriches the use by adding a marketplace in the ground floor of the forum. So the building elevates by 9m and creates a roof for the market with the 1st floor .
In the 1st floor are the spatial and thermal closed areas of the center, rooms for seminars, a library, cafeteria and a auditorium.
Metropolitan Green House
This urban area, based on the historical plan of building a highway crossing through this area, is today already temporarily used for urban farming. The Project relates to the existing potential and enlarges it with the vertical green house concept. By making it more independent of seasons the impact of the whole urban farming concept is rising; the green house also offers space to a variety of courses and expositions for developing ecological consciousness in modern metropolises.
Made for a wide range of cooperative forms of manual and creative work.
Conceptional basement of this proposal is to create a functional interface between the activities in the building and the city. An existing parking garage is the building stock, that is transformed and extended to fulfill the new needs of the residents and gives them possibilities to present their products to the public.
The space inside the building is redefined by a simple principle of alternating but connected usage of manual work/studios and sales floors/galleries. The existence of this two functional categories with different intensities of connections to the public, can be detected on the facade.
Graduation design / Bachelor Project
Architecture students: Carolin Kuhn, Mona Tausend, Tim Bornebusch, Malte Heinze
University: Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin)
Professor: Prof. Klaus Block
Category: urban design, cutural building
submitted on 2011.07.01
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