Transformative Architecture & Urban Development

Urban Beta

Concept, temporary creative quarter

With Urban beta and the Stadtmission Berlin, we wanted to create a sustainable neighbourhood on a property in Berlin. The Stadtmission already has emergency shelters in a hall in the northern part of the property. However, facing housing shortage in Berlin, we want to tackle the issue through a different lense: With creatively designed housing as an innovative concept for temporary usage. To build the bridge between living, working and leisure such houses are designed as holistic modules.

Project cost 900.000 €
GFA 600 m2
Period 05/2019 – 04/2020

Architectural and urban developmental design with an interdisciplinary team of urban planners, architects, scientists and unconventionals.

The houses bring an important perspective of innovation into the city, namely prove that urban development, residents, companies, research and innovation can function in unity. 

In this regard, we found a pilot project with the following central questions:

Economy – Can temporary usage provide cost efficient housing in creative districts?

Ecology – Is sustainable (self-)sufficiency possible in the context of temporary usage?

Social – How can open, integrative and co-organized housing have an impact against social imbalance?

Creativity – How can high usage flexibility throughout the period be ensured?

In the long term, the Berlin based project shall create value for the urban society, companies and the environment.

With this project, we want to provide room for development and a sense of community for the homeless people but also for students, creative minds and those needing it the most. A temporary habitat, based on high social and ecological standards, as well as systems, which encourage social interaction and upgrade urban spaces. 

We are convinced that this is only possible through a holistic housing concept, development and monitoring, based on three pillars: the house, the neighbourhood and the city.

The idea is to test and evaluate this approach through a two year real life neighbourhood test with the goal to define social, creative and sustainable housing.