The White, Berlin by nps tchoban voss

The white, berlin by nps tchoban voss
© Werner Huthmacher

This seven-storey residential building is integrated into a row of commercial and office buildings located at the former east port (Osthafen) in Berlin. Its luminous white appearance – grounded and at the same time graceful – makes the volume resemble a steamer. As its leitmotif, every detail of the building relates to the form of the arc, which can be found in rounded outer and inner edges, in the ornamental lines of the façade or in the wave-like form of the balconies.

The white, berlin by nps tchoban voss
© Werner Huthmacher

In addition to the almost continuous glazing the distinctive shapes of the balconies underline the horizontal structure of the façade with an integrated mineral thermal insulation system. Rounded angles combined with the interaction of the retracted and protruding parts give the building an highly plastic appearance. Moreover, the form of the balconies in each apartment provides a panoramic view over the river.

The white, berlin by nps tchoban voss
© Werner Huthmacher

The trapezoid ground plan of this reinforced concrete cross-wall construction opens towards the street with a glazed atrium. The spacious entrance hall is wheel chair accessible and contains the staircase and the elevator. Circumferential galleries provide access to the apartments. The sizes of the 68 two to four room apartment are varying from 48 to 125 square meters. Utility and storage rooms as well as 38 parking lots are located under the raised ground floor, additional car park is outside the building. Exterior areas have been designed as green borders and children’s playgrounds, thus contributing to the living quality for inhabitants as well as pedestrians.

The white, berlin by nps tchoban voss
© Werner Huthmacher
The white, berlin by nps tchoban voss
© Werner Huthmacher

Soft light shines through the multilayered transparent foil roof of the atrium. An object, perhaps a ship propeller at first sight, fixed on fine cables, floats in the middle of the space. “Samara” called Jovana Rusov her work, which consists of several large-scale maple tree wingnuts, reflecting the light in various angles. The artist emphasizes the building’s strong aura of freedom and calmness by choosing this archaic and associative language.

Project Details:

Location: Stralauer Allee 5, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Area: 8,572 sqm
Client: Wulff Hanseatische Bauträger GmbH
Architect: Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss
Project partner: Philipp Bauer
Project leader: Karsten Waldschmidt (design), Philipp Bauer (planning)
Team: Anissa Landgraf, Priska-Magdalena Schwalke
Structural engineering: Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung
MEP engeneering: Ingenieurbüro Rainer Mai

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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