“Low Tech, High Rise” residential towers for Berlin-Friedrichshain

Sustainable construction means simple construction – following this motto, architecture students at the TU Darmstadt have designed residential towers for Berlin-Friedrichshain. The works will be on display at The Architekturgalerie München.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

 

The projects were developed under the direction of guest professor Armin Behles and in cooperation with the WBM housing association Berlin-Mitte. They were built in masonry made of highly insulating bricks. In conjunction with mineral plasters, this is an ecologically and economically convincing and durable construction method, only recently allowing to build tall houses.


 

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“Low Tech, High Rise”
July 7 – August 12, 2016
Architekturgalerie Munchen
Türkenstraße 30 /Gartenhaus,  München
Germany

 


However, the constructive logic of the massive wall requires discipline when designing, since the size of the masonry openings is limited. The exhibition demonstrates that the perforated facade nevertheless offers many differentiated ways of expressing to the architect. At a time when housing space is to be rapidly produced, the exhibition pleas for a long-term perspective.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

 

The studio project was started off by WBM´s interest to enhance and denisfy their large-scale GDR residential quarters in western Friedrichshain. The students are responding with their designs to the existing qualities of the respective sites and connect them to contemporary usages and forms of living. The typology of the residential tower is reconsidered.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Lucas Bickert / Martin Koleda

Low Tech High Rise © Lucas Bickert / Martin Koleda

Low Tech High Rise © Marian Brzezina

Low Tech High Rise © Marian Brzezina

 

The students designed the residential towers using Poroton – highly insulating bricks. Together with mineral plasters, the results represent a permanent, ecologically and economically sustainable type of construction, Using modern solutions, this materials allow the creation of up to 9 storey high towers . However, the massive walls require discipline from the architects, as openings for windows or doors are limited when using bricks. Nevertheless, the student’s works show how a plastered facade can offer a broad and differentiated design potential. In a fast and ever-changing world the projects shown in the exhibition stand for long-term perspective and sustainability.

 

Low Tech High Rise © Charlotte Knorr

Low Tech High Rise © Charlotte Knorr

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

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Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

Low Tech High Rise © Architekturgalerie Munchen

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