Li18.Berlin: Architecture in a Sustainable and Context-related Manner

Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Architects: Holzer Kobler Architekturen and zweikant architekturen
Location: Berlin, Germany
Year: 2020
Photography: Jan Bitter

The project on Lindower Strasse in Berlin, designed by Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zurich/Berlin in cooperation with zweikant architekturen (Cologne), is based on the contemporary aspiration of planning and implementing architecture in a sustainable and context-related manner.

With new residential and commercial units, existing commercial courtyards in the Berlin district of Wedding were repurposed and expanded, using timber hybrid construction methods. A new seven-story, tower-like building has been sympathetically built on the vacant lot and completes the typical urban Berlin block structure in a harmonic way.

The “tower” is aesthetically connected with the new pavilion-like roof extension on top of the adjacent historic industrial building. Due to the color-coated wood façade, the new building and roof extension produce a formal and subtly embedded unit.

The buildings communicate equally with the existing building and the surroundings, accentuated by large-format window openings. At the same time, the ensemble acts as a significant landmark.