39M Berlin, 2022


local circular upgrade

The "39M- local circular upgrade" concept focuses on two essential aspects of circular construction: The dismantling of a building block from 1958 is being carried out with the aim of using non-load-bearing components and the primary construction (ceilings, beams, supports, infill) in one "Upgrading" the upcycling process to recyclable components and assembling them into a new building on site within the same construction project. The concept idea is special in two ways

  1. In addition to the equipment materials and the non-load-bearing components the primary structure of a building from the 1950s, that in terms of a linear added value designed and was built, by orderly carving into transportable components "System upgrade". through this strategy will not just be a downcycling process avoided. On the contrary: from a linear one Building material creates circular building components. The in-situ concrete supports and -bearers, as well as the rib covers, become reusable components.

  2. The newly gained components are within the same construction project same lot, to a new one building assembled. transports This largely eliminates the design process generates an "other" Kind of local architectural language that the principle “Form Follows Resources” follows. The upcycled building is up not just for appreciation of resources and keeping them in local circuits, but also for a new aesthetic mindset.

The innovation of the concept consists in one Upgrade from linear building materials to circular Components and their local reuse. The material reincarnation fundamentally changes the design approach and generates a new, site-typical architectural language, the supposedly old, inferior building fabric into a new one transfers context and thus helps to look at our anthropogenic heritage change.

What is to be done In addition to the primary support structure that consists of is gained from the existing building the windows are also removed and become one Assembled facade of the new building. All necessary primary Supplementary building materials are - if possible – added from renewable building materials. The concept continues in the life cycle at the "end-of-life" and transfers supposed "Waste" Onsite, into a new one life cycle. In terms of life cycle assessment, it does that concept an important contribution to the debate the potential of module D in life cycle assessment. The ecological advantages of the concept are obvious: supposed waste is at Dismantling transformed into recyclable elements. Garbage is avoided and the Reduced need for primary building materials. the Emission of greenhouse gases is largely eliminated. Through onsite reuse neither transport emissions fall through the Removal, nor through the delivery of alternative building materials. The existing "dismantling resources" are also becoming more directly determining creative actor in the planning of new buildings and thus lead the Baukultur discourse location.

The implementation The concept is part of the concrete construction project "ZilleCampus" in Berlin-Charlottenburg and should be implemented in the course of 2023 walk. The dismantling measures take place in mid-2022. The components are to be temporarily stored on the property will. The builder submits to the project development holistic understanding of sustainability. The pavilion is intended as an exemplary Experimental building for circular construction in the course of the implementation of the overall project will be realized. In addition to the high ecological Quality aims the development of upcycled pavilions about its function as Culture, meeting place and event location as well as a place of knowledge transfer for the local community on a social impact why the experience of circular building an important one in the experimental building contributes. The feasibility and expandability depends essentially on whether it is possible the supposed "problem" of an existing building, to be dismantled must be recognized as potential and opportunity and sufficient information about the Gather existing component parts to be able to In addition to the pollutant analysis, is therefore above all a physical one and static assessment of the elements necessary. To do this, the static Calculation on building archives sighted and be rated. Against the background that the transformation and expanding our urban Rooms with exactly this anthropogenic warehouse will deal with are the scaling potentials enormous and the long-term Effect can make a significant contribution to contribute to a circular future.


  • Client: Assiduus3 Development GmbH
  • Typologie: Büro-/ Gewerbebau
  • City: Berlin
  • GFA: 144 m2
  • Construction phases: LP 1-2
  • Team: Veit Burgbacher, Maren Vetter, Aida Conde, Oskar Ellwanger, Johannes Jenny, Andreas Wendt

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