Berlin, Germany

Neuer Berliner Typus

The „Typenhochhaus“ is designed as a modular building system, providing many possibilities for adaptation based on different urban situations. Flexible floor plans allow for different sizes of apartments and individual configurations, catering to the needs of a heterogeneous mix of inhabitants. In addition, building height, number of apartments, additional programmes and façade can be adapted according to the site and context.

Functions of the building are organised concentrically. The central core enables highly-efficient and flexible apartment types, which can be organised into 6-10 units per floor. Continuous balconies along the façade offer generous private outdoor areas. A uniform, modular façade system, column-free space and a clear layout of installation shafts around the central core maximize the building´s flexibility in configurations, divisions and combinations of the apartments, which can be reorganized and modified into working spaces and offices.

The modular construction system allows easy construction of double-storey spaces for different social programmes such as guest apartments and co-working spaces. The roof terrace enhances social interaction as well. In addition to the spacious, double-height entrance lobby and bicycle parking, the plinth zone can accommodate a kindergarten, E-bike facilities, a bicycle workshop and a café.

Each façade consists of layers that are designed to react to different conditions, such as wind or noise based on its orientation. Uniform openings, continuous balconies, balustrades, noise and wind protection panels are held together by a structural grid in the facade. As a result, these layers intertwine and build a complex threshold between indoor and outdoor spaces. The building maintains a constant dialogue with its surrounding – individual facades and characters are developed based on specific urban conditions and needs of the inhabitants in each building.

Differentiation in color and material in each building serves as a guiding system that gives a distinctive identity to each location. Not only confined to the ground floor, common spaces can also be found throughout the building vertically and are further accentuated by color.

The modular building system consists mostly of prefabricated construction elements. It allows the building to be constructed in a short period of time with minimal interventions on the construction site. The load-bearing structure designed as a concrete frame construction with highly-insulated timber frames meets many passive housing standards.

Project Data

Program: Typen- Wohnhochhaus.
               125 Apartments. Kindergarten, bicycle workshop, café bar.
                Community use: Guest apartment, coworking space, roof terrace.

Project status: Competition: 1st prize, March 2017

Place: Exemplary site, Berlin

Client: HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH
           Ferdinand-Schultze-Straße 71
           13055 Berlin


Design planning: Architecture: LIN Architects Urbanists, Berlin / Paris: Finn Geipel, Giulia Andi

John Klepel (Project manager)

Carolin Miller, Maja Lesnik, Vesta Nele Zareh, Philip König, Samy Frank,
Marie Thelen, Piera Cardea, Kim Tzarowsky, Binta von Rönn

Solid structure: Bollinger + Grohmann, Berlin

Timber structure: PIRMIN JUNG Ingenieure für Holzbau, Deutschland GmbH, Sinzig

Tech. building equipment: Winter Ingenieure, Berlin

Fire protection: brandkontrolle Andreas Flock, Berlin

Landscape design: Lavaland/Treibhaus, Berlin

Cost calculation: Höhler+Partner, Hamburg

Climate engineering: Transsolar, Stuttgart

Visualisation: Ponnie Images, Aachen

Surface: 8400 m²

Dates: Competition: December 2016 - February 2017


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Layers and Levels
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Floor Plan Kit
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Spatial Quality
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Modular Building System
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Groundfloor Plan
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Colour and Material Concept
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Sunlight Exposure and Wind Impact
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Modular Building System
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