Deutsche Wohnen is one of the largest owners of listed residential properties in Germany, with more than 30,000 residential units. In short, we know how to assume our responsibilities for preserving architectural heritage. And we also know that the necessary modernisation will only be a success with the cooperation of the tenants.
Inclusive playground included
The Spring estate is situated in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg and its name refers to the English word for the season. This is because the housing was built after the war with the support of the USA. Currently the estate is experiencing something of a “second spring”, thanks to the modernisation work that began in 2016. “Since 2016 we have been refurbishing 18 buildings with a total of 1,254 residential units, and in 2019 we again made good progress”, says technical project manager David Weinert. As Weinert explains, as well as the modernisation of lifts, entrances and the last section of plumbing and wiring, some of the projects are rather unusual for rental apartments. “On two houses we have created green roofs so that rainwater can evaporate and not flow into the sewers, which improves the microclimate and air quality in the city. In the summer they insulate the houses against the heat, too.” Something very special is certainly the already completed inclusive playground, which is to be followed by two more. An inclusive playground is designed so that it can also be used by children in wheelchairs. There is a raised sandpit, for instance, and a bridge that is also fun to zip across in a wheelchair. And the grounds are now a real feature altogether, with wild flowers to attract insects, charging stations for four electric cars, and new planting to include flowers and shrubs that are also edible. The modernisation work is due to be finished in 2020.