Carpet Concept: Project Partner of the new WerkBundStadt Berlin
In the context of this year’s German Werbund Day Berlin (23.9. – 25.9.2016), the designs for a new, forward-looking city district in Berlin, the WerkBundStadt Berlin, will be presented for the first time. Carpet Concept is a partner of this outstanding project. The district shall be constructed on the 29,000-square metre site of the former Charlottenburg Oil Tank Depot located on the banks of the river Spree and is considered as a “dense, inner-city, multi-use district combining living, housing and working”. Additionally, the quarter shall be a car-free zone.
Lively modern district
A total of 33 renowned international architectural offices were invited to jointly develop and design the site. Renowned designers such as Barber Osgerby, Axel Kufus or Werner Aisslinger and companies including Carpet Concept, Vitra and Gira support the project with their expertise.
The worked out plan proposes 1,100 new apartments featuring different layouts, sizes, standards of equipment, and rental terms. With that, the WerkBundStadt concept does not focus on either gated communities or town houses. On the other hand, it shall not be a new Werkbund housing estate, as for example the famous Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart completed in 1927. Instead, the people behind the project have a modern urban district in mind, “...whose urban spatial structure and architectural form, social mixture and functional possibilities have the potential to lead the way in urban planning in the 21st century”. A vibrant, open district located directly at the water, which does without any car traffic and from which as many people as possible will benefit. The concept also aims to grant neighbours and strollers unrestricted access to the Spree embankment.
There will be no exorbitant rents in this district: In the course of the cooperative site development, an urban development contract was concluded on the construction of 30 percent of the overall housing space for low-income households.
The project is financed according to the principle of a socially responsible investor group, who adopts the innovative project approach. Planners, designers, scientists, artists as well as politicians, neighbours and companies have been involved in the continuous discussion process about the design and its economic, ecological and political standards from the very beginning.
Four top-class exhibitions on the topic of Werkbund and WerkBundStadt accompany the programme of the Werkbund Day: besides plans and models, the presentations also include the design concepts for housing and working in the new district.
The opening of the Werkbund Day will take place on Friday, 23.9.2016. On Saturday, the designs for the WerkBundStadt Berlin will be presented in the context of a symposium. On Sunday, the entire site – the tank depot, the Charlottenburg Heat and Power Station and the Noack Art Foundry – as well as all exhibitions and presentations will be open to the public.
Credits: © WerkBundStadt Berlin, © Moma
Info: Deutscher Werkbundtag 2016 / German Werkbund Day 2016
23.9. – 25.9.2016
Quedlinburger Straße 11