Turning a wasteland into a vibrant neighbourhood

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.

The project at a glance

A new neighbourhood with residential and commercial units, nursery and assisted living facilities, new construction of 64 buildings and refurbishment of existing listed buildings.

  • Location: right by the river Dahme in the heart of Berlin’s Köpenick district
  • Land area: 156,000 sqm = approximately 21 football pitches
  • Number of residential units: around 1,200
  • Number of assisted living units: 41
  • Start of construction: 2020
  • Planned completion date: 2026

Green space – and green construction

As is the case for all new construction projects from Deutsche Wohnen, with our Marienufer project, we are striving for certification in line with the criteria of the German Sustainable Building Council [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V. – DGNB]. Depending on the type of building, this involves examining up to 40 criteria in different areas: the environment and economy, social, cultural and functional aspects, and technology and processes. In addition, solar panels will supply electricity and 20 % of parking spaces will be designated for electric cars. A central parcel station for all residents is designed to reduce traffic in the neighbourhood and a mobility hub with central car-, scooter- and bike-sharing services is aimed at complementing public transport options.

A path to history

Juergen Bischof finds something very old on the site to be very extraordinary indeed: “There are remains of historic paving stones on the ‘Marienhainallee’, which is the main route across the site. We are restoring 500 metres of this cobblestone road and turning it into an avenue lined with fruit trees. This is a homage to the garden that Humboldt University once had here.”

<p>Right in image: Juergen Bischof, Deutsche Wohnen project manager</p>

Right in image: Juergen Bischof, Deutsche Wohnen project manager

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