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THE GARDEN – Residential complex, Berlin

On Chausseestraße, where the border between East and West Berlin once ran, the green ensemble of buildings by Eike Becker_Architekten seems to abolish the borders between city and countryside. The design transfers the idea of the Berlin Hofgärten from the 19th century into the modern age. Riehmer's Hofgarten in Kreuzberg and the Amalienpark in Pankow served as models. The result is a quiet green living oasis in the middle of the pulsating city. Balconies, terraces, allotments and an unusual open space design counter the urban hectic life with a garden idyll in which the metropolis feels like a never-ending Sunday in the countryside. The fact that the garden appears surprisingly spacious and generous is mainly due to the fact that a cemetery at the rear continues the green corridor created in the courtyard; and, with its picturesque chapel, it forms a distinctive line of sight. The inner-city garden idyll is surrounded by modern architecture. Sixteen individual houses, whose façades are quite different in their materiality and colourfulness, make each individual building unique.

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Exhibitor: Eike Becker Architekten