type:                                    urban and landscape architecture competition
place:                                  Gartenstadt Falkenberg, Berlin-Köpenick
organizer:                           Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft 1892
planning:                            LA.BAR landscape architects, Kirsten Schemel Architekten BDA
assistants:                          Kristian Ritzmann, Dr. Caroline Rolka
award:                                3. prize
year:                                   2015  


The primary objective of our new concept is to maintain and strengthen the identity of the place. The whole settlement thrives on the dialogical gathering between architecture and garden, the static and the constantly changing, the transfixed and the living.
We therefore propose an urban intervention which stands for the concept "architecture in the garden", a concept realized in all buildings of the garden city. However, with regard to its density and partial opening to the street Am Falkenberg, our plan allows a gradual transition to a different form of urbanity.

The scaling of our plan mediates and defines an opening into the additive and fragmented structure of the settlement. The settlement’s location on the corner of two streets is not rounded off with a concrete square or a building but with a fenced orchard. Thus the view from the street Am Falkenberg towards the Bruno-Taut-buildings remains free.