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kirchrode treetop apartments

With the completion of a corner of an urban housing block, it was a concern to anchor the new residential building for rental apartment use vividly and sensually in the grown urban structure.

 

The corner block consists of 8 condominiums between 68 and 93 m², including a variety of differently shaped balconies and roof terraces. The basement hosts two commercial units, so that the concept recalls the traditional European mixture of living and working.     

 

Adjusting the predominately plaster cubic mass of the building on the plot, the apartment building's edges dematerialize into glass balconies, which interlock the urban figure with the neighborhood surrounding: being a  school, a church and a mixture of housing, shops and restaurants. With its interior, this concept results in the atmosphere of "living in the tree-tops," opening the rooms towards the strong existing green of the streets and the sun. The cover of the building is structured by profiled bands of steel, in which wood/aluminum-windows, plaster and accentuated wood-glass fields are filled in.

 

The selection of authentic materials and their combination defines a distinctive exclusive notion. The wood is of  strategic origin, accompanying the transition of zoning from private to public. The outside opening windows serve as a friendly gesture of human occupation, in contrast to the usual “hollow-eye” inside opening window.

 

These elements together are, in a contemporary way, reminiscent of the historical tectonical virtue of  bourgeois housing of the surrounding building heritage, being represented by passable historical pre- and postwar buildings. Most endemic here, the old half-timbered houses which, strongly admired by the local public, stood on the plot for over a hundred years.