A largely vacant plot along Lehrter Straße in the Moabit district of Berlin is to be redeveloped as a new residential neighbourhood with a typology derived from the local urban structure and character. Situated between a former military parade ground to the west and railway yards to the east, Lehrter Straße has never shared the dense structure of the perimeter blocks that characterised Hobrecht’s Berlin of the mid-nineteenth century. Instead, the area is a patchwork of Prussian military buildings, scattered blocks of flats and various freestanding buildings of more recent vintage.

The master plan embodies this spirit of pluralism in a development pattern that articulates detached buildings within a densely built fabric, while creating sheltered, quiet courtyards and permeable perimeter spaces combined with an optimal outlook for the flats. This also avoids the impression of a barrier to the flow of space.

The buildings of six and eight storeys are planned for rental units and condominiums in roughly equal measure. An urban accent is placed on a central square, where the necessary retail space is also concentrated.

The master plan combines a coherent spatial order with a high degree of singularity in the architecture of the individual buildings, which are designed by eight different architectural practices.


  • Master plan for a mixed-use quarter with housing, retail space and recreational facilities / Object planning for four residential buildings on the new square with retail and community facilities


  • Groth Gruppe


  • gross floor area: 109.900 m²
  • competition: 2013, 1st prize
  • 2013 — 2020

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