New development of a residential estate
Zelterstrasse 5, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

The building in Zelterstrasse consists of 23 townhouses, which are aligned to create a homogenous volume with 10 summerhouses behind it and 12 penthouses above it. In between, there is a large unplotted garden courtyard with a garage beneath it. The advantages of one’s “own home” while retaining the density of a residential estate add significance to the aspect of community. In addition to the garden, there is a rooftop terrace, a summer kitchen, a sauna and four visitors’ apartments, all of which additionally highlight communal characteristics. The separated, yet overlapping access to the building gives the project an additional village character in terms of its use.

Planning/Realization: 2007-2010
Construction phases: 1-8
Residential units: 45
Living space: 6,624 m2

Project development: SmartHoming GmbH, Berlin
Landscape architecture: friedburg & Co.,Berlin

Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2014
Best Architects 2014, Award
Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekturpreis 2013 - Sonderpreis Wohnfreiraum
Architekturpreis Berlin 2013, 1st price
BDA Preis Berlin, 2012
Deutscher Architekturpreis 2011, Auszeichnung, Honorable Mention
Ugo Rivolta European Architectural Award 2011

Project photos: Simon Menges, Berlin
Garden: Michael Feser, oxymot