Text description provided by the architects. This conversion of existing prefabricated building in Halle-Neustadt resulted from the city reconstruction for the International Architectural Exhibition (IBA) in 2010.
Originally, 2 or 3 apartments per floor were arranged around 11 staircases. By reducing the staircases to 6 and removing the associated corridors. It has allowed for the extension and rearrangment of the apartments. Outdoor spaces have been formed by removing alternating sections of the 3rd and 4th floorplates, creating large outdoor terrace spaces.
On the floors below, wide, continious balconies provide quality outside spaces for the flats. The ground floor accomodation comprises of 10 "Townhouses" each with seperate entrances and private gardens providing approx 135m2 of accomodation over 2 floors. The gardens are assigend directly to the homes and defined by a continous ground level plinth. From the previous 125 flats, a total 18 floor type plans provide 81 apartments.