Since its construction in 1970, the residential and commercial building at Argentinische Allee 221 in Berlin has never been particularly striking, unlike the neighbouring Waldsiedlung Forest Estate designed by Bruno Taut. Now, thanks to an investment of approximately EUR 5 million, that has changed.
The typical 1970s building now forms an architectural link to – and demarcation of – the Waldsiedlung estate. Thanks to extensive construction work, it has also become a showpiece of sustainable building, complying with standards which are otherwise only used for new construction. To achieve this, the company had the whole process from planning to construction certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB). This involved an assessment of more than 30 criteria relating to ecology, economy, technology, sociostructural and functional quality as well as site and process quality. Energy consumption deserves a special mention: it was reduced by 80%. This corresponds to approximately 100 tonnes less carbon dioxide – each year.
Deutsche Wohnen was awarded Gold status by the DGNB for its refurbishment of the residential and commercial building in Argentinische Allee. This commendation is awarded following an in-depth examination of the construction measures, which also include the adoption of a comprehensive life-cycle approach, the use of sound, high-quality materials, and the implementation of sustainable energy, water and traffic concepts. In the interview which follows with Prof. Alexander Rudolphi – President and co-founder of the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB) – the significance of sustainable building is highlighted.