Nettelbeckplatz

Renewing a cooperative housing estate

Berlin, Germany

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The cooperative housing estate “Nettelbeckplatz” has its roots in the decade of rigid refurbishment strategies of the 1970s, replacing the so-called “Mietskaserne” (tenants’ barrack), characterised by light-less rear courtyards and unsocial living conditions. The official renewal program of that time forced the total demolition of those old building areas to create “modern” social housing structures that soon became neglected, obsolete and energetically inefficient. “Nettelbeckplatz” represents a successful approach to combine today’s challenges and sustainability on different levels with intelligent building solutions, energy efficiency, affordable housing as well as social and cultural aims.