The 16 town houses skirt an area of trees laid out in the bay of the Spree at Rummelsburg. Heterogeneous in structure and size, the houses accommodate 16 families. Living, working, children, hobbies and leisure time are combined variously under one roof. All the inner walls of the town houses are no load-bearing. This means that the ground plans can be designed individually according to the users’ wishes. The communicative centre of each house is a large kitchen-living area on the ground floor, which opens onto the terrace and garden. The staircase in the entrance hall provides access to the upper floors: as a sculpture, it lends dynamism to the design of vertical space through the open stairwell. The ambience is characterised as urban by four-storey buildings. The residential quality of the urban area has been improved by these typologically similar houses with different architectonic forms, as well as the open spaces, gardens and riverbank landscape. All the houses belong to their users. This results in a vital and robust urban-developmental structure with a positive impact on neighbouring urban districts.
Town Houses at the MedaillonplatzGermany, Berlin, 2006