Urban Neighbourhood

„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.

The project Urban Neighbourhood (Urbane Nachbarschaft Samtweberei), is an intiative of the Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume in cooperation with the city of Krefeld.