Design Project at the TU Berlin

Communal Living in Moabit


If architecture is a reflection of the physical, cultural and social territories it occupies, then how can we respond to the demand for low-income affordable housing in a time when the social composition of the population is changing and variations in income are widening? This has led to a more diverse pattern of lifestyles and heavily influences the housing demand dynamic.

Moabit occupies a special geographic position in the very centre of Berlin, largely untouched by intense gentrification in other parts of the city, which lies on the northern side of the Spree, and is home to both established communities and active industry.

Develop a multiple-user sozialwohnungsbau for four different user groups in Moabit that integrates Gemeinscaftsfläche for the mutual benefit of all, considers the integration of the ‘house’ in the local context and innovatively integrates landscape and building.

Mit-Wohnen = 4 Nutzer

What are the spatial implications of a multiple-user building? Seek out an intelligent proposal, based on four specific and very different user groups to re-imagine a hybrid house where residents can truly co-live, co-share and mutually benefi t from each other. What innovative spatial inter-connections could enhance and optimize the minimal space to improve and re-imagine the way in which very different people can live together. Work from the bottom up, using their stories and personal ways of living to understand how architecture could bridge different cultural, economic and family backgrounds.

Transform the in-between space to shared place = Gemeinschaftsfläche

How could residents mutually benefi t, help, each other so as to maximize the limited space inherent in social housing? What spatial possibilities could enhance, expand and optimize a small 40 square meter studio apartment for an eldery man that lives alone? How could he live together with his neighbors, share resources without compromising his privacy and peace? How could the house enable its residents to be independent and simultaneously co-dependent? What role could communal space play in bringing residents together?

From isolation to social integration = Gemeinschaftsflächeraum

The subject of housing also includes the integration of individual buildings in an urban context. What role could communal space play both internally, between residents, and as a public space which connects the house with the local area? What does this mean for Moabit’s identity?


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Susanne Hofmann, Kirstie Smeaton Dipl. Architektin

Student Assistants

Max Graap, Daniela Knappe


Sophia Bauer, Xenia Esau, Joan Gärtner, Julia-Maria Gahlow, Ioulios Georgiou, Simon Gerschewski, Alma Großen, Sara Haegermann, Gesa Hallmann, Arzu Hasanova, Tahereh Heidary, Marietta Loukissa, Christine Marlen Olesch, Omorinsola Otubusin, Lea Schillmann, Jana Alexandra Sommer, Isabelle Wolpert, Oliver Wolter

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