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Living in Potsdam-Krampnitz

open competition, 2nd pl. 2018

project team: Jens Jakob Happ, Silvia Santos

in cooperation with: Mettler Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin, P4LOESSE Stadtplaner, Berlin


An old barracks site by lake Krampnitz/Potsdam is transformed into a condensed, scenically attractive urban structure that combines the advantages of city and countryside. A central activity axis, with city park and green spots running from east to west, form the backbone of the new borough. It connects the listed barrack buildings with the new quarters and offers opportunities for play and recreation. Communal amenities and structural accents form part of the axis. Thus, a vivacious urban structure is created with private and public spaces, precisely cut streets, squares and green areas, strong visual axes and a facade design that creates an ensemble effect. Apart from the conscientiously designed urban structure, densification and functional layering, as well as a certain measure of free spaces where urban life can thrive and develop on its own, allows for the same quality of life that we value so much in the 19th century districts of our cities. The block and small plot design allows either open or closed structures, distracting from the character of the public spaces as little as possible. Independent of densification and development, family friendly areas on the inside of these plots can be used for both work and play. A whole palette of mixed-use building types is possible: Two- to three-storied courtyard- or side wing buildings for small businesses as well as converted basements for practices and offices allow for a mix of work and play, handling all aspects of life in the same spot. This strategy of giving room to densification options in combination with a free, mixed usage that is not restricted to residential use exclusively, answers to a central promise of urban living: the compact city.