A new multi-storey building in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district closes a gap in the street frontage and restores the historic block perimeter structure that was destroyed in World War II.
Creating new living space by conversion and consolidation
Kopenhagener Straße, with its numerous residential and commercial buildings, runs parallel to the northern S-Bahnring in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, a lively and popular residential neighbourhood close to the city centre that is characterized by old buildings. The street extends from Schönhauser Allee in the east to Mauerpark in the west.
New living space is to be created in the immediate vicinity of the listed structure of the Wilhelmsruh transformer station by modernization and refurbishment of the existing building, together with selective new construction. While roof spaces and side wings of the existing buildings – dating back to the early 20th century – are to be refurbished and converted to modern dwelling units, the building at the corner of Sonnenburger Straße is to receive an extension adjoining the fire wall. This new structure will replace the historic block perimeter building that was destroyed in World War II. The new multi-storey structure will close the gap in the urban fabric and harmonize with the surrounding area. The east-west direction of a new tract means that the future dwelling units will have optimum exposure to light. This will be supported by a filigree façade design with generously-sized glass surfaces. Well-conceived interior design with optimized layouts further enhances the quality of living.