The city centre of Berlin is getting crammed with buildings. Because of the population growth Berlin is facing right now, we search for potential areas to increase the density in the city centre.
The highway and S-Bahn run almost through the centre of Berlin. This area is huge and has high potentials to improve the life quality and density in Berlin. We develop a ‘barcode’ running through this large infrastructure in Berlin: on interesting points we cover the infrastructure and made connections, on other parts we left open spaces to let the city breathe.
By this we make the space - which is now infrastructure – more attractive for the passengers driving through Berlin (opened vs. closed, framing the landscape), improve the existing city fabric (connections at strategic points, improve life quality of the current inhabitants living on both sides of the infrastructure) and make this area attractive for the new inhabitants of Berlin (high density combined with public spaces, in the centre of Berlin).
We install a megastructure above the infrastructure of the highway and S-bahn to make this large span. The new buildings are installed between these trusses. We create a flexible and adaptable construction system.
This generic design can be installed at any place, all over the world.
This system is tested at the border between Charlottenburg and Westend. Charlottenburg is a popular area to live and already relatively dens. The neighbourhood of Westend is cut of the city centre by the large infrastructure and could be densified. Together with the new developments on top of the highway and S-Bahn we increase the density of Berlin. The existing public functions in both areas support this new development.