The invited competition dealt with the design of two residential buildings with a total of 30 flats at Schinkelplatz in Berlin. The special location in the historic centre of Berlin as well as in direct proximity to important buildings in the history of urban development leads to a particularly balanced, yet expressive character of the façades. In the 5-storey buildings, the large, urban scale with strong profiling and framing is just as present as the differentiated, spatial staggering and depth of the generous windows and loggias. At this location, upper-class and urban living is celebrated ‘par excellence’.
There is no more unique place to live in Berlin than on Schinkelplatz, in the historic centre and directly on Museum Island. To the east, within sight, is the Humboldt Forum, the reconstructed city palace. Across the street is the former Bauakademie, destined for reconstruction, and directly opposite is the Friedrichswerder Church. Both by the great master builder Karl Friedrich Schinkel. You have to realise that the architectural and urbanistic highlights of Berlin’s urban and building history are gathered here. If you live here, you have one of the most prominent addresses in the city and are virtually surrounded by a historical postcard idyll.