The »Quartier Am Humboldthain« is emerging on the former premises of an AEG plant dominated by historic factory buildings designed by Peter Behrens. This is already the site of the »Technology Park Humboldthain« (TPH), which is home to such insti­tu­tions as TU Berlin’s Wedding campus and the »Fraun­hofer Institute for Relia­bility and Micro­in­te­gration«. &MICA is relying on connec­tions for the new develo­pment. The green Humboldthain park itself, the technology park and the new develo­pment form a symbiotic partnership in the design: Two north–south paths through the site and a central promenade constitute an open pathway system and join the develo­pment to the park and the neigh­bourhood alike. Visual connec­tions between the existing and new buildings are accen­tuated. As the heart of the area, the central promenade aligns with the impressive façade of the former High-Voltage Factory by Peter Behrens (today Fraun­hofer IZM).

Urban Design: Building on a Grid
The urban design by &MICA is based on a grid on which the individual buildings can, like flexible pixels, be positioned, connected, separated and changed. This results in a dense develo­pment and simul­ta­neously ensures an inviting atmosphere, a high proportion of greenery and bright, attractive workspaces.

Archi­tecture: Building for More Flexi­bility
A total of six modular, adaptable buildings are grouped around the central promenade. Access is from four sides, depending on the use: The formal main entrances to the buildings face the promenade, while direct access to the production-intensive areas is from the street.
The buildings, which range from 3 to 13 storeys, step down in height from north to south. This design allows for many green spaces at different heights, fosters air circu­lation and empha­sises modularity. The buildings can be linked with bridges and thus expanded in their use. Stret­ching between the individual buildings are paved semi-public workers’ courtyards, which offer scope for individual, need-oriented open space design.

Building for the Future
The use of the roofs as retention areas, intensive roof and façade greening, irrigation with excess rainwater that is collected in cisterns: »Quartier Am Humboldthain« is designed to be sustainable in many respects. Geothermal energy combined with photo­vol­taics aims at CO2-neutral operation, especially since the stepped heights of the buildings enables the incor­po­ration of building-integrated photo­vol­taics on the southward façades.

Traffic: Building for Car-Free Connec­tions
Thanks to its central location with good transport links, the site offers superb condi­tions for estab­li­shing an enclave with few cars. Conse­quently, &MICA is planning the neigh­bourhood to be largely car-free in favour of a compre­hensive open and green space design. Need-oriented use is envisaged for emergency, delivery and waste disposal vehicles. Separate under­ground parking garages provide space to accom­modate 400 cars and 4,000 bicycles. The commercial traffic to be expected from the predo­mi­nantly commercial use will be managed within the quarter in an environ­men­tally friendly manner. A logistics hall in the north-western building serves as a central point for loading and unloading vehicles. A transfer hub is provided inside the building for »last mile« logistics: Deliveries will be made by e-trans­porters, cargo bikes and, in the future, AMR (autonomous mobile robots). A centrally located »mobility hub« provides bundled mobility oppor­tu­nities and services along with lockers, charging facilities and mobility counselling.

Building for Undis­turbed Coexis­tence
&MICA separates noise-intensive industry from quiet commerce. The production industry will be separated from the housing – as will the logistics centre and delivery points. Noise-intensive production and logistics are located towards the street, while zones of encounter and quiet businesses face the residential buildings. Public and semi-public spaces are also wisely zoned within the buildings: the ground-floor zones accom­modate production facilities on the street side, whereas along the central promenade there are skilled-trade businesses, showrooms, social facilities that serve people from beyond the immediate area, and some recrea­tional and cultural facilities. This enlivens the centre and guarantees peace and quiet for the neigh­bourhood. On the floors above, flexible spaces are available for labora­tories and offices.

Our design is based on a grid on which the individual buildings can be arranged, connected, equalised and changed like flexible pixels.

Visual relati­onships between the existing buildings and the new ones are empha­sised.

Within the buildings, public and semi-public spaces are sensibly zoned.

Quartier Am Humboldthain GmbH
Time Frame
Approx. 228.800 m² GFA


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