Content tagged: practices of appropriation
This atelier building in Berlin is shaped by legal conditions and their negotiations: it builds on the existing foundations and cellar of a “building ruin” that was the result of a bad investment. The found structure is not only included but developed into the new building, setting out its basic plan. A legal document defines boundaries, passages and volumes. This leads to the radical shaping of the attic floor in order to satisfy rights of light of a neighboring property. The staggered floors visible in the main facade are a result of their literal alignment to the differing levels of neighboring floors. The rear stair is a built interpretation of local building regulations.
Brandlhuber + ERA, Emde, Schneider are German architects. Photography: Clemens Vogel
The project uses the familiar typology of the garden fence, not to exclude or defend but to enable and announce. In 2009 volunteers from the neighbourhood built a 180m white picket fence around a closed-off demolition site left by a major urban renewal scheme in a working-class neighbourhood of Eindhoven. Replacing the existing construction fence by an enlarged copy of one of the demolished garden fences changed the appearance of both the terrain and the street and turned an anonymous gap into a familiar site. This simple intervention literally returned the space to the neighbourhood. The act of enclosing it, opened it up as temporary neighbourhood park, a new public space for the community.
Vincent Wittenberg is a Dutch designer working with the latent potential of locations.