Berlin Alexanderplatz: Towers in the City

Project Description

Inspiration is drawn from informal urban imagery —grandmothers leaning on kitchen windows, sheets strung on clothes lines, young kids sneaking cigarettes on the fire escape. But this is a high-rise in Berlin, not an apartment block in the Mediterranean. So, the aim of the project became about how to create this interstitial semi-formal setting within the context of East Berlin and still abiding by the rigid parameters of the studio. The resulting architecture is an urban block that transitions from a solid street base to the residential tower pulling back from the street through the use of vertical slits that erode at the solidity and stoic nature of the Berlin block.