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"Moeckernkiez" (site map drawn by hochC Landschaftsarchitektur)
The citizens’ cooperative for the 30,000 square meters construction site “Moeckernkiez” on the edge of “Gleisdreieck” park in Berlin-Kreuzberg set up an invited two-stage design competition: The requirements were high. What they want is nothing less than a unique and very ambitious lighthouse project that combines a cooperative and multi-generation and multi-cultural living approach with integration of disabled people, and which at the same time sets new standards for environmental sustainability,
70 offices had applied, nine of them were invited to hand in a competition design, five offices were eventually chosen (without a further ranking differentiation). Each of these five, including Rolf Disch Solar architecture, were assigned one or more buildings in the area.
Urban planning concept
Based on the given urban context Rolf Disch suggested the following changes:
Housing row (view from east)
1) Improved connection of Moeckernkiez to the Kreuzberg district by introducing a large square on the street level of Moeckernstrasse / Yorckstrasse. At this level, the public uses of the district such as shops, hotel, neighborhood workshops, etc. are located.
2) Improved connection of Moeckernkiez towards the park and Schoeneberg (tube stations) by the district square towards the west.
3) Internal connection: Both squares are connected by a curved axis, to which additional little neighbourhood squares are
Pilot project "Moeckernkiez", perspective (Rendering: Loomilux)
Building construction concept
In the conception and design of the buildings we were guided by the following terms:
- Cost / economic feasibility
- Environment / Energy
- Variety, attractions
- Accessibility for disabled
Apartment complex, floor plan (design by Rolf Disch Solar Architecture)
Based on a simple and economical construction, Rolf Disch Solar Architecture designed a building block system for various floor plans and apartment sizes. These floor plans can be arranged flexibly in the two proposed building structures and thus create a variety of different situations, reacting to the specific requirements. Within these building structures and floorplan schemes, variants such as individual lofts and shared flats, large and small flats are possible. Also, various commercial uses can be integrated easily. Basically: The floor plans are highly flexible and can adapt easily to changing wishes and necessities.
Energy - Ecology
All buildings are planned as plusenergy buildings, i.e. they produce more energy than they consume over one year. The building envelope is highly insulated and reduces the thermal losses to a minimum, together with a ventilation system with heat recovery.
Pilot project "Moeckernkiez" - view from the park (Rendering: Loomilux)