On a 23.000 sqm large site in the Berlin district Pankow-Französisch Buchholz, a climate conscious neighbourhood will be developed. A healthy living environment has been designed for residents with a focus on sustainable resources with a positive carbon footprint, and natural materials such as timber and clay. The constructions of all 80 houses are reversible and recyclable, and with a conscious decision to refrain from composite materials and construction methods.
The buildings are grouped together to form small courtyards, creating pockets of car-free public spaces for residents. Private cars, sharing vehicles and bicycles park along a newly constructed road. Every house has street/courtyard access and garden access, resulting in a second, green-filled, car-free path system for pedestrians and cyclists. Further, the houses are oriented around a fruit orchard with a self-built community house. It offers a public space that can be experienced as recreation area, village square and public garden where community-oriented facilities are developed to shape a liveable and dynamic society with rural qualities within urban density.