Martin Schmitt, jury chairman of ‘20 Hours’ – a competition by HOWOGE with the Department of Architectural Presentation and Design, under the direction of Professor Barlieb at TU Berlin.
The redesigning the often dilapidated façade of a plattenbau is one of the most exciting design tasks of the present, and this is currently changing in a highly interesting way. Instead of only redecorating the façades externally with painting or cladding as previously, buildings are now handled much more innovatively. The remarkable renovation of the Tour Bois le Prêtre of Lacaton-Vassal in Paris has paved the way for a reconsideration of the plattenbau.
The range of possibilities for this design task was more than clear in the student competition ‘20 hours’ by HOWOGE. In the winning designs, a movement for the in-depth design of the façade is apparent. The designs work with the existing system – the repetitive grid structure. However, they generate a relief through their variation, which reveals new potential, is not monotonous, and at the same time improves the quality of the interior.
The architecture students of the Technical University of Berlin were assigned the task – from Berlin’s largest housing association, HOWOGE – to design a new façade for a plattenbau within 20 hours. The 22-storey, type GT 18 residential tower (Type Berlin) dates from 1969–71 and is on Rhinstraße 2/4 in Berlin-Lichtenberg.
The project was lead by Prof. Christoph Barlieb and Caroline Högsbro.
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