Rooftop farm in Neukölln

Rooftop farm in Neukölln Berlin, 2016
Rooftop farm in Neukölln Berlin, 2016

Recognition: Competition platform for up-and-coming architects 2016

Rooftop farm in Neukölln

Supermarket with residences and rooftop greenhouse

Residence with income opportunities and direct marketing: The project exploits existing spatial potential in the inner city and creates visible added value for the city without any additional consumption of space. The concept solves the problem of competition for space by allowing businesses to co-exist in the inner-city area.

A spatial and programmatic approach to urban consolidation creates additional uses without displacing others. Land is therefore gained through this project, which is ideal for offering refugees an integrated future within a decentralised scheme, along with fast, ecological and cost-effective construction and potential income opportunities. This prevents ghettoisation and promotes integration. The land plots are upgraded to a living urban space. The combination of living, working and the direct marketing of the resulting products creates an integrated and networked overall concept. The rooftop greenhouse performs several functions: It allows food to be produced and distributed in proximity to consumers. It serves as a semi-public space and a place for people to meet and converse. The waste heat of the building is used directly, excess energy from the roof can be fed back into the building, and gray and black water can be reused on the roof. In this way, the agriculture integrated into the building can get the most out of the building’s internal material cycles. The prefabricated timber construction ensures fast and condensed construction times with renewable raw materials. The suspended facade protects the construction material from the elements, minimising the need for insulation while also serving as a rooftop greenhouse.


  • Client: The renewable city
  • Typology: Gewerbe mit Wohnen und Dachgewächshaus
  • City: Berlin, Germany
  • Time period: since 2014
  • Architects: Partner und Partner Architekten
  • Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Jeroen Meissner
  • Partners: Partner und Partner mit Dachfarm Berlin
  • GFA: 6.450m²
  • Visualisation: Partner und Partner

Cradle To Cradle-Kompass

  • Materials/Resources
  • Energy Supply
  • Water Management
  • Maintenance
  • Social Values
  • Diversity
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