The area between the bridges Jannowitzbruecke and Schillingbruecke has evolved into an epicenter of Berlin’s creative scene, where new heterogeneous forms of living concepts are put into reality. EISWERK will continue this evolution, adopting the prevailing creative spirit of the area also known as “Holzblockufer” and applying it in the project’s architectural idea.
Fascinated by the site’s history as part of an ice factory, GRAFT architects have incorporated the theme of ice and the dialogue between history and modernity into the design concept. The vision of shifting or gliding ice blocks will serve as a model for the new commercial building’s architectural blueprint, the symmetry of the cubes contrasting with the building’s asymmetry. Situated at the rear, it will meander geometrically down to the river, forming unexpected free spaces, such as terraces and courtyards.
The building facing Koepenicker Strasse will excite a lively interplay between old and new elements. The new residential building will feature a striking façade with repeated references to its listed counterpart in the forms of contemporary extensions of vertical and horizontal structures. A middle section of the new building will serve as “translator”, connecting the contrasting buildings to form a single structure. A prominent entry portal will enable the access to the rear buildings and to the public river promenade. The original façade of the former factory building with window openings, rebuilt when it became a cooling house, will be restored, letting daylight into the building again. And people are drawn into natural light; it promotes creativity and well-being.