BACHELOR PROJECT: Family housing in the city centre of Berlin


So how can we create suburban housing in the city with it’s qualities and possibilities?



The project is working with the tasks of the continuing expansion of the suburban lead by the increase in the population.
In many countries people move to the cities in their young ages, and move (back) to the suburban when they are ready to settle down and start a family. This leads us to a widely expanded suburban if this tendency continues.

What the suburban attracts the newly started families is possibilities! Possibilities of having the influence on how you live. This is due to the ability of individual character of the residential and private outdoor spaces.

Site and context

The  overall issue is the reason why the project is called Hybridboligen ('Hybrid Housing').
In a team of two we researched and picked out a site for the project. The School of Architecture had chosen Berlin as the context, and had given five different sites to work with. We chose the S-bahn Bögen, that half the city centre by going from east to west.

The specific site on the S-bahn Bögen's route was chosen through an analysis and tracing of it's potentials of being transformed into a housing area with suburban qualities. We found it important that services and facilities such as schools, kindergartens, grocery stores, parking, public transport etc. was nearby. We found the viaducts of the S-bahn's, which today is secluded and unprogrammed can be utilized for the purpose.

This started a study of the space of the viaducts and how the space could be transformed into a housing without given up the beautiful space, the arch and it's special character. Therefore, the project has been a study of new and alternative ways to create confined spaces on relatively few square meters, while giving the feeling of space and keeping the character of the viaduct.

Space-creating furniture