HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, JOINT BUILDING VENTURE, Berlin, 2011
WITH BIRGIT PACHAEL
Sometime in the middle of the so-called noughties, many big city dwellers thought it would be a good idea to live in a townhouse. News magazine “Der Spiegel” did a story about it, saying it conveyed a sense of life. As a matter of fact, the idea of townhouses had never been implemented any better than at the end of the 19th century in Bremen, in an endeavour to provide people there with an opportunity to reside in the city, in dignity and style and for little money. The multi-family house in Florastrasse in Berlin’s Pankow district resembles this idea – without reinterpreting it or turning the Townhouse into a Hipster domicile. The Green Flora architecture makes sense, because it is based on actual needs and feasibility, not on trends. There is no way of implementing the idea of a townhouse more modern and traditionally at the same time.
Photography: Udo Meinel