B-PART’S TIMBER SHELL
On Saturday 17 November, in glorious sunshine with temperatures hovering around zero, around 80 local residents and other interested visitors took up the Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck team’s invitation and embarked on a guided tour through B-Part’s timber shell.
B-Part will be the second pioneer project to move onto the Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck site following the BRLO Brwhouse. In the middle of Berlin, a lively and diverse urban quarter is emerging – one that harmoniously unites all aspects of ideal living and working environments with a strong commitment to social responsibility: mobility, new work, subsidised art and culture, food and drink, retail, innovation and digitalisation. B-Part provides an early glimpse into the potential of the urban development plans for Gleisdreieck. Local residents and other interested parties were invited to the BRLO Brwhouse back in August, where the Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck team presented the B-Part project with a response to the question, ‘How will we live and work tomorrow?’. Now attendees have been invited to explore the building shell itself.
The guided tour gave them the opportunity to get an idea of how construction work is progressing and the next stages in the process. The future themes behind B-Part were also explored in a discussion led by Dr. Markus Vogel, the Managing Director of BÜRO DR. VOGEL GMBH, the development partner behind Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck. Guests were able to examine the master plan for the development and how space will be used at Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck, presented on transparent boards. Visitors received responses to their numerous questions – which related to the B-Part concept, the timber construction method, and how the site will be used – from Dr. Vogel as well as Ansgar Oberholz, the founder of St. Oberholz and B-Part’s ambassador, and Helge Kunz, from the leading general contractor Renggli International AG, who are in charge of the construction of B-Part.
“We are delighted to observe such great interest in B-Part and the constructive discussions that followed the tours around the building’s shell,” Dr. Vogel explains. “The positive feedback we have received from visitors and local residents shows us that B-Part has the potential to bring the neighbourhood and other interested visitors together – to help shape new living and working environments together and to support the development of the new urban quarter known as Urbane Mitte Am Gleisdreieck.
The Gleisdreieck has always been a place filled with movement. Ideas now circulate in a location where goods were once moved around.
PROF. MANFRED ORTNER, ARCHITECTURE FIRM ORTNER & ORTNER BAUKUNST