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GRAFT Designs WAVE, a Green Oasis Along the Berlin Waterfront

GRAFT Designs WAVE, a Green Oasis Along the Berlin Waterfront
GRAFT Designs WAVE, a Green Oasis Along the Berlin Waterfront, © Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG

GRAFT has designed a new residential complex, called WAVE, on a former harbor along the Spree River in Berlin, Germany. Drawing inspiration from the waterfront site, the two L-shaped buildings are situated parallel to the river and facing one another, creating an inner courtyard and providing units with views of the river and “The Molecule Men,” the iconic sculpture by artist Jonathan Borofsky.

© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG © Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG © Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG © Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG + 8

© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG

The sculptural expression of the facade references the flowing motion of water movements, and is created by projecting balconies and oriel windows beyond the building envelope. Along the waterfront, the architects opted to give the facade maximum glazing, giving the elevation an aesthetic of simplicity and the warmth of the southern sun.

© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG

Inside the volumes, apartment types of several shapes and sizes allow for a mixture of potential tenants, ranging from 1.5 room apartments of 27 square meters to 156 square meters units featuring five rooms. A mezzanine level offers apartments with private gardens, and on the top floor, penthouses measuring between 206 to 296 square meters feature private access to a roof garden. Most of the units have a balcony or oriel window to provide views to the water.

© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG

The “fifth surface” of the facade will made up of the rooftop containing gardens and lounge space. Together with the lush courtyard in the community center, the buildings will become a place of natural respite and a green oasis in the city.

The building is slated to be completed in 2018.

© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
© Bauwerk Capital GmbH + Co. KG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Stralauer Allee, Berlin, Germany
  • Founding Partners

    Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit
  • Project Designers

    Marvin Bratke, Arne Wegner
  • Project Lead

    Annette Finke
  • Project Team

    Alexandra Tobescu, Andrea Perle, Anna Wittwer, Christine Huber, Clemens Hochreiter, Elena Suarez, Evgenia Dimopoulou, Maike Wienmeier, Matthias Rümmele, Sven Fuchs, Javier Nieto Cano, Alexandra Bunescu
  • Area

    13000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2018

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "GRAFT Designs WAVE, a Green Oasis Along the Berlin Waterfront" 19 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793664/graft-designs-wave-a-green-oasis-along-the-berlin-waterfront/> ISSN 0719-8884
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