Boxhagener Straße, Berlin
Client: BAUWERT Boxhagener Straße GmbH
Architect: Sergei Tchoban, TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten
Project partner and -leader: Stephan Lohre
Team: Anja Schroth, Katharina Stranz, Katja Redmann, Virginie Mommens
Project management: RODE Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Berlin
Landscape architecture: Frank von Bargen, Berlin
Structural engineering: Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Ritzer, Pleinfeld
Building equipment: Ingenieurgesellschaft SCHEEL mbH, Berlin
This new vivid mixed-use urban quarter has been established on a former commercial area in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The ensemble has been developed by four architectural offices on 26.000 square metres. TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten designed two blocks on the Boxhagener Straße. The buildings are part of an ensemble of six volumes surrounding a generous public garden.
Offering residential, retail or medical practice spaces the architectural complex fits into the urban and lively character of the surrounding. As a large-size volume with a dynamic concrete façade the office building on the Boxhagener Straße has a symbolic character and attracts attention of the passersby. Made of bright architectural concrete the prefabricated parts of the façade build a vibrant structure which at the same time remains clear and transparent. The sharp design of the corner windows with continuous glass elements emphasizes this vivid character. The stepped storey allowed the architects to implement large-sized terraces with a wide view over the neighbourhood.
The underground parking goes through the complete building plot. The office building arises on it as a monolithic reinforced concrete construction. The entry sets an accent with a distinctive oak wood gate inside a glass frame. Effectively, the size of the door is smaller and corresponds to the human scale. From here a two-story lobby leads to the offices. Each floor has four office sections, which could be merged if required. Additionally two smaller staircases function as further exploitation and escape routes. While the building has fixed wet cell spaces, the design of the offices can be chosen according to tenants’ wishes – from one-space to open-space.
The building fits the modern demands on cavity floors, chilled ceilings and mechanical ventilation. As the Boxhagener Straße has a lot of traffic the ventilation is ensured by an autonomous system, which doesn’t require opening the triple glazed windows. The building is completely handicapped accessible.
TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, led by partners Sergei Tchoban and Ekkehard Voss, currently have construction projects all over Germany and in Russia. The office plan, develop and build for both regional and international clients within the public and the private sector. In addition to residential and business buildings, the architects focus on planning hotels, trade facilities, office complexes, leisure time facilities, schools, educational and social facilities, as well as reconstructions and revitalizations of historical monuments.
Sergei Tchoban is leading partner of TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, Berlin. Tchoban designed and built several internationally known buildings and ensembles, such as the Federation Complex in Moscow or the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin. 2018 Sergei Tchoban received the European Prize for Architecture by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.