Eckwerk soughts to find solutions to current social, economic and ecological questions.
In Caputh near Potsdam, GRAFT has developed a masterplan for a new residential area with a total of 105 housing units comprising a mix of single and multi-family houses as well as apartment buildings.
GRAFT was commissioned to convert and redevelop a former ice factory on the banks of the River Spree in the Mitte district of Berlin. Located close to the Ostbahnhof train station, the development features a new residential building with commercial units on the ground floor and an additional commercial building with underground parking facilities.
On the Hauptstrasse in Berlin Schöneberg GRAFT revitalized the historical post office premises, expanding it with two new buildings and converting the original rooftops for commercial purposes. Thus a 32,000m² modern ensemble accessible to the public was created comprising offices, restaurants, retail outlets and apartments.
GRAFT has planned a new residential quarter adjoining the River Havel in the centre of Oranienburg, north of Berlin. The 15,500 sqm site is bounded to the south by a side-arm of the river, to the north by the traffic-free Louise-Henriette-Steg, and to the east by the Lehnitzstraße from which the residential underground car park is reached.
Charlie Living is the largest newly-built predominantly residential project in Friedrichstadt, in direct proximity to former Checkpoint Charlie. The open ensemble of four new buildings fills one of the last open lots of Berlin Mitte with its former strip of the Berlin Wall. The Graft design with its high public permeability of accessible existing paths through to the inner area of the complex connecting with the neighbouring E-Werk and hotel on Mauerstraße, stands in contrast with the otherwise closed block structure of the immediate vicinity.
In late summer 2019, two residential buildings were completed on the north bank of the River Spree in Berlin’s Osthafen between the districts of Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Treptow. The concept for the new buildings derives from the particular qualities of its waterside location. The design for the ensemble provides public access to the riverside zone along the Spree.
The Luxe Lake towers are part of the Luxe Lake Ecological City development which features various types of residential and commercial waterfront properties within an extensive man-made lake landscape.
The new complex of buildings at Teutoburger Platz is located in Berlin’s popular Prenzlauer Berg district and completes the corner of an urban block. The complex comprises two buildings on each street, two in the courtyard and a prominent corner building.
GRAFT’s design for a private villa in Berlin’s venerable Grunewald quarter presents a striking, modern interpretation of comfortable living in the city. It’s trapezoidal, sculptural form and modern architectural language symbolizes a boulder in a glacial landscape and differentiates it from its neighbours. The distinctive, three-dimensional figure of the four-storey building appears to rise out of the ground. For its design, GRAFT abstracted the classical rules of villa design and digitally synthesized them with natural phenomena shifting the tectonics of a villa towards those of a sculpture.
GRAFT co-founded Heimat2 with partners Comterra Care, Lepi Ventures, Bernstein Group and H.W. Pausch to provide dignified housing solutions for refugees in Germany that combine short- and long-term solutions from typical disaster relief programs.
Paragon Apartments is a new quarters, with 217 premium rental apartments, a kindergarten, a café and an organic supermarket, mediates between the urban qualities of the Prenzlauer Berg district and the adjacent park-like surroundings.
Namibia is experiencing a housing crisis with half a million people living in unsafe shack settlements. The average prices for houses and apartments have become unaffordable for over 90% of the population. In a study commissioned by KfW Bankengruppe, GRAFT identified several approaches to reducing construction costs by up to 30% compared with the cost of a comparable National Housing Enterprise unit.
GRAFT designed three prototypical Mobility-Plus-Energy-Houses made of sustainable and healthy materials that are completely reusable or recyclable. The houses generate their own energy and a surplus that is used to power an electric vehicle integrated into the technical system of the house. Through integrated planning and a holistic approach, the houses create an energy cycle and combine immovables and mobility.
In southern England, GRAFT designed an ambitious house that blends into its surrounding landscape but is nevertheless an architectural statement. The concept of the proposed building derives from the idea and character of the place itself. Located on a slight south-facing slope, the new architecture embraces the nature of the site and the landscape of the South Downs. The soil, for example, will be used to create rammed earth walls that support the roof structure. The green roof visually embeds the building in its surrounding but also retains rainwater, filtering and collecting it for grey water usage.