Finn Geipel (German, b.1958), with Giulia Andi (Italian, b.1972), John Klepel (German, b.1982) of LIN Architects Urbanists (Germany, est.2001)
Rising housing market pressures call for novel solutions. How can one meet the urgent need for affordable housing, despite constantly rising construction costs? Urban extensions notwithstanding, inward development is conceived as the most sustainable approach for urban growth. The focus is shifting towards raising density in centers and on peripheries. Building cities within cities provides opportunities to vary the urban fabric and to enhance the social, typological, and programmatic mix. The adaptable Bremer Punkt building type was developed as prototype infill buildings with a variety of contemporary, affordable, and flexible housing in modernist, post-war housing schemes. On a footprint of about fourteen by fourteen meters, the four-story timber cube flexibly plugs in to the urban fabric, sensitively responding to the existing structure. It is surgically inserted in order to activate niches in the urban fabric, while retaining the neighborhood character, defined by its green spaces.
Biennale Sneak Peek
Biennale Sneak Peek
Image 1 – How will we live together?
Building cities within cities provides opportunities to vary the urban grain and enhance the social, typological and programmatic mix.
Photo: Prototype, Bremer Punkt 1, Gartenstadt Süd, Bremen © Nikolai Wolff, Fotoetage
Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
On a field of twenty-five models at a scale of 1:50, the exhibit addresses an array of topics ranging from inhabitants’ needs, manifold forms of collective living, up to various configurations at an urban scale.
Photo: Serial type, Bremer Punkt 3-5, Kattenturm, Bremen © GEWOBA
Production: Luna Catteeuw, Germain Chan, Elif Civici, Ömer Demir, Jonathan Gamers, Finn Geipel, Aleksandre Iashvili, John Klepel, Maja Lešnik, Andrea Mologni, Timo Panzer, Sören Wernitz