Petersburger Platz

Housing Multi-Family Architecture Built

Professional Category

Studio: wolff:architekten

Architect / Designer: Roland Wolff

Design Team:

Lennart Wolff, Victoria Rose, Ana Navarro, Consuelo Montaner, Anna-Katharina Schmitt, Johannes Armanazi, Peter Kruse

Country: Germany

Copyright: Johannes Armanazi

At Petersburger Platz in Berlin-Friedrichshain, the typical Berlin theme of firewall construction was reinterpreted as an addition to a side wing in an inner-city location. In response to the need for spatially differentiated inner-city redensification, a building structure was developed that not only maintains the necessary distances through staggering, but also develops an emphasized verticality. The division into closed rendered volumes, clinker brick surfaces and window grids created a building that generates a certain degree of complexity and different effects of the building mass.
Eleven apartments were created on seven floors, with a variety of different floor plans, from two- to four-room apartments. Each of the apartments has a spacious balcony or terrace areas. The apartments opening onto the garden on the first two levels are designed as maisonettes with interior access. The outdoor areas are thus partially accessible as communal areas and, in the area of the maisonettes, small private gardens.
The issue of efficient development and especially the requirements for escape staircases is a central aspect in the context of redensification. For the project at Petersburger Platz, a solution was developed in which the stairwell can be reached via an open balcony located on the facade.


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As an architectural firm in Berlin-Mitte for over 20 years, we plan and execute diverse projects, from converting castles into hotels to urban infill for affordable housing. Our concepts prioritize sustainable materials, energy efficiency, mixed-use, and social integration. We excel in large-scale residential construction, custom homes, historic preservation, and art-related projects. Our work has received awards, press coverage, and we actively participate in exhibitions. In 2018, Roland Wolff joined the German Architects Association (BDA).