0262 Ossietzky Hof:
Conversion, Multi-talent wanted

Städtische Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH Nordhausen
Muck Petzet Architekten
Muck Petzet, Sarina Arnold, Giacomo Rossi, Irene Tassinari, Jana Wunderlich

Should one improve the 'good'?

Compared to the modernization of prefabricated buildings at the end of the 1990s, the situation has changed fundamentally: the majority of the prefabricated buildings have already been 'partially renovated' - and have mainly been upgraded in terms of energy and technology. These measures did not lead to the 'monotonousness' described in the competition brief - on the contrary, they led to an arbitrary and conceptless design desert. Although the architectural added value of these measures reaches negative values ​​- the energetic and economic expenses must be taken very seriously. What sense does it make to 'renew' a 15 or 10-year-old renovation? In this respect, we judge the redesign intentions, which can be found in the claim, very critically. E.g. No reason is given why a completely renovated house with - easily usable - 1-room apartments should now contain 'no 1-room apartments' anymore. Although the inside, e.g. the bathrooms have already been completely renovated. We do not consider this attitude compatible with the self-imposed high goal of resource conservation and overall energy considerations - but also with simple economic principles. We, therefore, propose a very conservative 'minimal intervention' in these areas, which in our opinion are extremely useful and worth preserving. In other areas - such as the WBS 70 types, on the other hand, we consider sticking to the 'tried and tested' stacked 2- and 3-room apartment types to be a mistake in the medium and long term. Especially in the northern part of the city, which is not a compact urban structure, but an open settlement characterized by individual houses. Here we propose new types of stacked terraced houses, which represent a highly compressed form of the grown structure - and which will bring new groups of residents into the quarter as alternatives to single-family homes. I.e. on the one hand we propose a considerably more conservative approach, on the other hand, a radically changing one. The poor design and “cheapness” of the measures that have already been implemented is ultimately a considerable problem in the long term - but it can only be eliminated in a conventional way with a great deal of effort. We propose to work with very simple means, such as a radical color concept.

Don't think 'courtyard' think quarter, think city and landscape, think region, think Europe, think global.


Muck Petzet Architekten

Architekt BDA Dipl.-Ing. Muck Petzet
Landwehrstrasse 37
D - 80336 Munich
E-mail: sekretariat(at)muck-petzet.com

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(Bavarian Architects Association),
Waisenhausstraße 4, 80637 Munich,
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