This project was born from the idea of redefining a classical architectural typology: the City Block, typical in Berlin.

The chosen quarter is Kreuzberg: a plot of land which directly faces the Spree river in a very social part of the city.


As explained in Aldo Rossi’s book "The Architecture of the City", Berlin is one of the main cities in which future constructions must be designed with regard to the original urban matrix.


This project offers a challenge: the aim of being a social and open urban space by being a closed city block inside.


The Architecture of this building has been developed so as to create a design which respects basic rules but changing spaces on the inside.

Block typology buildings usually have courtyards in the centre: a courtyard that crosses the whole building vertically.


The proposed idea is the following: the central courtyard can be developed in vertical and horizontal directions. Opening it up in every way will transform the spaces inside.

A open courtyard, closed into a block of Berlin.


The project has grown alongside architectural typology research as well as the possibilities of creating an uneven and multifunctional conglomerate albeit residential in character.


The floors have different functions:


   .Public spaces on the ground floor (cultural centre, ateliers, shops, a library,

    bars and restaurants as well as a mezzanine)


   .Semi-private spaces on the 1st floor (Schools, offices, medical practices and fitness areas)


   .Private residential spaces located on the top floors in total and comfortable privacy.

    They boast the best views of the city.



S-M-L is the size of the courtyards that are constructed on top of each other.