Residential- and Officebuilding Chausseestraße

Berlin, 2010-2012

address:
Chausseestraße 18
10117 Berlin-Mitte

staff: Claudius Knaack, Janine Tillmann

client: HLD Lofthaus Immobilienentwicklungs GmbH

BGF: 5.120 m2

number of floors: 8



An eight-storey residential and commercial building is to be built in a narrow, twelve-metre gap between two firewalls each about sixty metres long. The building belongs to the Edison-Höfe, which bear its name because the first factory of the Deutsche Edison Gesellschaft (German Edison Society), predecessor of the AEG was located here, in the block between Schlegel-, Chaussee-, and Invalidenstraße, at the end of the 19th century.

The building consists of a front building, a garden house, and a single-storey wing; a side passage leads to the commercial buildings located inside the block. The ground floor and the first floor contain commercial premises, above which are 23 apartments. To the street, the house presents itself with a symmetrical façade. Above the two-storey base, at the scale of the neighbouring Gründerzeit residential and commercial buildings, an oriel bordered by two narrow strips of the wall juts out from the street. Maximum-size French windows for the living rooms as well as maximum-size, vertical windows for the kitchen with dining area allow optimum light in the deep spaces on the one hand, and on the other hand provide views of the busy street. With their formats, they support the building’s verticality.

As a façade material, architectural ceramic tiles / facing tiles in normal format are used. They are glued on a sixteen-centimetre thermal insulation and do not imitate masonry, but in their association with the windows, implied cornices, and accents through glazes leave no doubt about what they are — a façade cladding, a dress. While the upper storeys of the courtyard façades are plastered, the cladding of the facing tiles continues along the passage on the ground floor to the back of the garden house, giving it the character of a main façade inside the block.

The flats of the front building open to the courtyard via balconies. At the garden house, in which maisonettes are located, the balconies are distributed on every other floor and become loggias whose different sizes are defined by clearance spaces. That a composed façade image emerges nevertheless lies in the art and the challenge of such a building assignment in the existing building stock.

The “crowning” completion of the front and rear buildings is formed by a large attic apartment whose outer walls are staggered back behind the fronts and glazed.

Residential- and Officebuilding Chausseestraße

Berlin, 2010-2012

address:
Chausseestraße 18
10117 Berlin-Mitte

staff: Claudius Knaack, Janine Tillmann

client: HLD Lofthaus Immobilienentwicklungs GmbH

BGF: 5.120 m2

number of floors: 8