Opening 7.7. at 6.30 pm
Prof. Uta Graff, TU München
Guest Prof. Armin Behles, TU Darmstadt
Sustainable construction means simple construction – following this motto architecture students at the TU Darmstadt have designed residential towers for Berlin-Friedrichshain.
The projects were developed under the direction of guest professor Armin Behles and in cooperation with the WBM housing association Berlin-Mitte. They were conceived in masonry made of highly insulating bricks. In conjunction with mineral plasters this is a ecologically and economically convincing and durable construction method, only recently allowing to build tall houses. However, the constructive logic of the massive wall requires discipline when designing, since the size of the masonry openings is limited. The exhibition demonstrates that the perforated facade nevertheless offers many differentiated ways of expressing to the architect. At a time when housing space is to be rapidly produced, the exhibition pleas for a long-term perspective.
The studio project is induced by the WBM´s interest to enhance and denisfy their large-scale GDR residential quarters in the western Friedrichshain. The students are responding with their designs to the existing qualities of the respective sites and connect them to contemporary usages and forms of living. The typology of the residential tower is reconsidered.