Council Housing at Kollwitzplatz



WIR Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin

GFA app. 875 m²


The project reacts to the site’s complex urban environment. It marks the corner of the block, former residence of the artist Käthe Kollwitz and provides access to the courtyard of the residential block.

The building closes the gap in the perimeter block alongside Käthe-Kollwitz-Platz. The communal garden, shared with the neighboring building, provides a new setting for the historic Käthe Kollwitz memorial. These measures impart to the locations character and transform the courtyard into a semi-private playground and communal garden for the residents.

All 5 flats in the building are facing towards south and west. The ground floor is raised above street level to ensure privacy and to connect the private terrace with the elevated garden. The ground floor apartment meets all requirements for accessible housing or housing for the elderly.
The duplex apartment on the 4th and 5th floor is designed as a shared flat for assisted living. Next to private bedrooms the flat offers generous common areas for all residents and an office for a social worker. This project is part of the social housing programme of the City of Berlin.