location: Clouth urban re-development Nippes, Cologne
team: Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, Jörg Leeser, Matthias Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Wolfgang Zeh
client: Wüstenrot Haus und Städtebau GmbH
date: May 2015
To the north lies the urban street, in the south a garden within nature. You find conditions as in Tucholsky's 'The Ideal'. To create a semi-public space along the façade, the ground floor moves back slightly. Each entrance is flanked by a finely tiled bench, next to these lie entrance halls, which connect the house with the happenings on the street. The two-side oriented apartments have a continuous window strip towards the urban side, a small balcony enables a connection to the street. The transition from the private to the community areas is finely graded and invites the inhabitant to get in contact with surrounding neighbours.
On the side of the garden, a pergola creates balconies and loggias for all apartments. The house offers a variety from 2 to 5 ½ room apartments, distributed in a balanced mixture over all floors and offering a wide range of different living needs in all housing sizes. The residents can use the floor plan flexibly, small spaces are arranged around a neutral space as a distributor, which can be both a kitchen and living room. In the apartments of 2 ½ rooms or more, the user can decide freely about having a bedroom to the street or towards the garden. Some large apartments can be divided. Due to the flexibility of the ground plans, many alternative housing forms are possible under one roof, such as housing communities, living/working or living together with multiple generations.