The British firm headed by David Chipperfield will be tranforming an old industrial zone in the Berlin's Marzahn district into a residential and commercial neighborhood. The place measures 152,000 square meters and will feature 1,400 affordable rental apartments and 90,000 square meters of office and commercial space.
Inserted into an orthogonal order are listed heritage buildings and new constructions, the latter including three towers of different heights and blocks with galleries at all levels opening onto landscaped inner courtyards. The largest, central courtyard is thought of as a tpwn square complete with a childcare center, restaurants, and cafés. Based on a column grid, a system comprising three different modules gives the spatial flexibility needed for the apartments and the ground-level commercial and retail units to be configured.