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Building with regard to the existing

Over the past three years, we have invested considerably in creating more high-quality living space. In the years to come, we will build more housing in the metropolitan areas and conurbations, such as in Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden. In doing so, we prioritise the quality of the architecture, careful urban planning and sustainable materials and take the existing building culture into account. It’s not a coincidence that we currently own four listed properties which are part of UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Case study: the Horseshoe Estate

Bruno Taut’s propagated formula of ‘light, air and sun’ was the hallmark of Berlin Modernism. Bathrooms, kitchens and balconies – still rare for the time – also played their part. Everything built in simple shapes. The spirit behind this humanist form of architecture still inspires us today.

All four – the Britz Horseshoe Estate, the Weiße Stadt, the Carl Legien Estate and the Siemensstadt Ring Estate – are testaments to the construction of social housing in Berlin, which made a key contribution to improving the living conditions of broad sections of the population.