The need for new housing makes turning to old, familiar sites worth a look. Land which was previously under heavy use now lies empty. That includes former military, commercial or agricultural sites – and conversion is the order of the day. Deutsche Wohnen is working to turn many old sites into the living spaces of tomorrow.
One example is the historic site at the mouth of the Dahme in east Berlin, where a new neighbourhood is being planned. This area is still home to the old villa that previously belonged to well-known Berlin dairy owner Carl Bolle, with its protected garden. It is being restored in line with conservation principles, and the surrounding inaccessible, unused land is being developed. There are plans for almost 1,200 new apartments and spaces for cafés, shops and offices. There will also be a nursery and assisted living facility, housed together under one roof. But that’s far from everything that makes this new neighbourhood special, according to Deutsche Wohnen project manager Juergen Bischof: “This project is very important for the whole area, because we’re opening up the site and access to the river to everyone in Köpenick, which wasn’t the case before.” When the work is complete, the new neighbourhood will also offer a lot of green space.