Berlin University Residences
ArchMedium young architects competition
with Rita Almeida, Davide Favaron and Eloi Gonçalves
One public square, three pop-up volumes, one dwelling idea: living slim. This specific plot in Schlesisches Tor has been functioning as a stage for the desires of the young urban population of Berlin - the wish for identity through urban art, the aim to inhabit the Spree as one of the city’s most important natural assets, the eagerness for an artistic community, alertness for social transformations, the aspiration to act locally while impacting society as a whole. As such, this special site should remain an integral part of its plural enviroment. The project proposes a new living philosophy where smaller housing areas give way to larger public spaces. The idea is that every student living here offers a part of their private space towards the common use thus not only promoting the creation of an active student community but also experimenting with a new way of using private dwellings: living slim. The thin strip of housing around the perimeter defines a public square in the center of the plot, which becomes a public space serving the local community, a place for creation and invention. Inside of it elementary volumes containing public programmes are placed like ingredients of a recipe for a contemporary city, which want to be combined just like that: complex, multiple, diverse.