Sergei Tchoban’s residential ensemble in the heart of Berlin distinguishes six separate apartment buildings with facades of unique character and different parapet heights

Berlin, Germany

Placed among many embassies and consular offices in central Berlin, Tchoban Voss Architects with Interior Architects Design Alchemists and Landscape Architects Nolte | Gehrke designed the EMBASSY residential project for Adama Metropol Development with six individually designed apartment buildings.

AMBASSY was recently awarded a 2022 International Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The housing project, consisting of six buildings, was built on a 22,774 square meter plot opposite the Koellnischer Park.

The monumental park in Berlin’s Mitte (Central) district, not far from the River Spree, dates back to a 17th-century city fortification.

From the mid-18th century, it was demolished piece by piece in favor of the expanding Prussian capital.

Today, numerous embassies and consulates are located in the immediate vicinity, and Alexanderplatz and the historic center around Gendarmenmarkt are just a few minutes away.

In terms of scale and design, the residential ensemble fits harmoniously into the urban fabric and impresses with its varied architecture.

Differently designed street facades divide the development into six separate apartment buildings with their own character.

In addition, different parapet heights emphasize this independence.

Perforated facades of natural stone and clinker bricks in different, discreetly natural colors alternate and incorporate the materiality and vibrant colors of the surrounding architecture typical of Berlin.

Some facades of residential buildings have smooth or ribbed natural stone, others are structured in reliefs of protrusions and recesses.

Wood-aluminium window systems with generous, floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces provide light-flooded rooms.

A total of 133 apartments, partly barrier-free, spread over six full floors and a stacked floor.

On the ground floor of the building complex there are a total of four business spaces, two in house A and two in house F.

The flat mix is ​​balanced, with 1- to 5-room apartments up to 160 square meters in size.

Most of the houses are connected to the green environment via terraces or balconies.

The exits from the facade on the street side are designed as French doors.

The staggered floor has a roof terrace and the flat roof above is planted with greenery.

Individually designed building entrances create an address and serve to identify the buildings.

The two-storey townhouses on the ground floor and first floor of houses C to E are accessible directly from the street through separate entrances.

In an underground parking garage there are 76 parking spaces and 243 bicycle sheds are included in the substructure and outdoor facilities.

The courtyard has been intensively landscaped and terraces have been created in the courtyard for the downstairs apartments.

Project: EMBASSY
Architects: Tchoban Voss Architects BDA
Chief Designer: Sergei Tchoban
Project manager: WasE-Bau GmbH
Main contractor: Adolf Lupp GmbH & Co. KG
Construction engineers: Krampe-Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
Interior architects: design alchemists
Landscape architects: Nolte | Gehrke partnership of landscape architects mbB
Client: ADAMA Metropol Development GmbH
Photographers: Roland Halbe

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