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GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Germany Architecture News - Nov 11, 2020 - 14:09   7200 views

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

GRAFT has converted Berlin's historical post office into a mixed-use building by designing parametric brick facade, which provides an articulated façade configuration.

Located on the Hauptstraße in Berlin Schöneberg, the revitalized building expands it with two new buildings and converts the original rooftops into commercial spaces. 

Covering a total of 32,000-square-meters, the new building contains offices, restaurants, retail outlets and apartments. 

Video by BTTR gmbh 

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

The area around the building complex is one of the busiest residential districts in the city with restaurants and shops as magnets as well as green spaces within walking distance. The Hauptstraße connects south-west Berlin with the city center and therefore enjoys great popularity.

The buildings of the post office, protected as historical monuments, are spread over approximately 11,700 square meters. The existing buildings divide the area into several inner courtyards. GRAFT upgraded the inner courtyards, while retaining their original commercial character. 

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

"The different buildings are distinguished by their own individual character resulting from their development throughout the decades," said GRAFT. 

In accordance with the existing building structure, the previously unused rooftops were renovated by GRAFT according to the historical model and in compliance with the regulations for the protection of historical monuments.

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

The roofs were fitted with additional windows, while the striking roof gables were kept to provide the interior with a homey atmosphere. All commercial units are designed as barrier-free. 

"The interventions in the structure of the historically protected rooftops serve to preserve the building, and its ongoing utilization contributes to the identity of the Berlin district," added the firm. 

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

GRAFT used brick material and used parametric strategies to give its undulating form and in order to blend it into the historical ensemble, whilst adopting and expanding on the tradition of the historically protected structures. 

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

"In the style of historical courtyard passages, the building was given a spacious access from the Hauptstraße into the internal courtyard," added the studio.  

"By means of cutting-edge technology, brickwork and geometry, historical monument and the parametric design strategies of the 21st century were artfully combined."

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Image © Trockland Management GmbH

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Axonometric drawing

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Axonometric drawing-2

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

3rd level floor plan

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Section A

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

Section B

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

South East elevation

GRAFT converts Berlin's historical post office into mixed-used building with parametric brick facade

North West elevation

Project facts

Project Type: Commercial, Residential, Revitalization

Location: Berlin, Germany

Year: 2015-2019

Principal: Trockland

Size: 32.000 m²

Status: Completed

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