„Urban Neighborhood“ is a mixed generation housing scheme for over 200 new dwellings in the center of Berlin that promotes a strong sense of community through a differentiated mix of private, shared and public space.
The densification of this inner city 1950’s residential development is achieved through a perrmeable patchwork of new freestanding buildings which vary in scale and proximity to each other. Each building hosts a different amenity for the area, such as a seniors club, which flows out into the residual spaces between the buildings creating a lively, diverse and inhabitable neighborhood.
Each “house” contains a mix of 1,2,3 and 4 room apartments which can be connected to each other in different constellations to achieve maximum flexibility for the users and ensure a diverse mix of residents. The dwellings are connected by an open inhabitable staircase, which weaves between communal areas on each floor, fostering a sense of community and identification with each house.