Conscientious and expert refurbishment that benefits tenants

Refurbishing listed residential complexes is a challenge which is an inherent part of Deutsche Wohnen employees’ day-to-day work. Take Eike Petersen, for example, who is a technical project manager and who worked on two very special residential complexes in the year under review …

“Before, you could barely tell that the leading architect of the complex in Rudi-Arndt-Straße was Bruno Taut,” she explains. This has since changed and, after an eventful almost 100-year history, the rendered facades have been renewed in line with heritage requirements and the old casement double windows have been restored. Numerous other measures were implemented, such as restoration of the stairwells in line with heritage requirements, reinforcement of the existing historic balcony railings, insulation of the top storey ceiling using cellulose flakes made of old paper and insulation of the basement ceiling using mineral wool. The gardens are also being redesigned in a sustainable and bee-friendly manner using the existing resources – the old fruit trees are being kept and are being revitalised for the years to come via a thorough pruning. The substrate of the newly created paths consists of recycled regional materials.

Further north at Pistoriusplatz, there stands an ensemble which dates back to the 1930s. “Here, it was especially important to us that the original character of the apartments be maintained. The original double casement windows were therefore carefully renovated, rather than being replaced. And existing wooden flooring was stripped and resealed,” says Eike Petersen, outlining some of the key aspects of this project. The stairwells were likewise restored in line with heritage requirements, with the tenants and, of course, also the heritage protection department being closely involved with the planning. As is typical of Deutsche Wohnen, a great deal of importance was attached to climate protection – insulation of the top storey ceiling using cellulose flakes made of old paper, insulation of the basement ceilings using mineral wool and the installation of new heating systems are just three examples here.