Dahlem located in the south west of Berlin is a district which is characterised by its old villa type buildings set in a green, sylvan surrounding. Free standing buildings that are growing in their proportions drastically, due to their vulgarian drive to show off, while forgetting their relationship with the grown surrounding they nourish from. This concept goes a different path. Instead of extending and amplifying the existing structure, it is proposed to demolish the side buildings and garage structure. The historic building volume from 1903 is being pronounced while modern large scale windows are added. The old brick-render facade is regenerated. In order to fulfil the wish to double the floor area, the design proposes to grow underground. A building structure, which could be called a "bungalow below the garden" receives a open space arrangement. Rooms can be separated via large sliding wall elements or the entire space can be used for events. The roof of the bungalow, intensively greened, is being lifted at all corners to allow daylight into the space. Roof lights illuminate the interior spaces. The extension is hardly seen from the street as the tips of the bungalow roof are not exceeding the height of the surrounding hedging. This way the ensemble sits modestly as an understatement in its surrounding.
Year: 2018/ -
Size: 450m² GFA
Marc Dufour-Feronce, Raimon Espasa, Andreas Reeg