Eike Becker_Architekten won the competition of the Beamten-Wohnungs-Verein zu Berlin eG with their design for a residential tower at Theodor-Loos-Weg in Gropiusstadt. It is the first cooperative project of the office. The new building adopts the architectural formal language of the high-rise district erected in the 1970s and translates it into modern times. Gropius' original planning envisaged the integration of smaller buildings into the high-rise district. The design takes up this idea: a country house and a town house are connected to the high-rise building by a shared plinth. Here you will find a concierge service as well as areas for meetings and neighbourly activities. A generous entrance as a meeting place connects the new building ensemble and the new neighbours with the local residents. The geometric superposition of the two four-storey buildings and the 20-storey high-rise building allows the new development to be embedded harmoniously into the existing structure and skilfully conveys the height of the tower. At the same time, a forecourt oriented towards the public space is created, which corresponds with the use of the ground floor. The urban character of the design enhances the location as a whole. New neighbourly offers will make an important contribution to the positive further development of Gropiusstadt.
Large settlements such as Gropiusstadt, Märkisches Viertel or Marzahn-Hellersdorf were once conceived as signs of modernity and a new beginning. Architects and urban planners had set themselves high goals: affordable rents and a quiet life in green surroundings. But skyscrapers became synonymous with unsuccessful social housing construction. In view of the lack of building land and an increasingly acute housing shortage, skyscrapers are being rediscovered today. Because they create a lot of living space on a comparatively small footprint. And they have other positive effects: neither the road network nor public transport need to be developed. Also, the construction of additional schools, kindergartens or hospitals is not necessary, rather existing schools can be extended. In addition, comparatively few natural and green spaces need to be urbanised. If the citizens had a say in the city's subsequent densification, 40 percent of Berliners would build more skyscrapers. This is the result of a recent survey conducted by the polling institute Statista.