THEME: In memory of the twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barrier that divided the party to Soviet influence from the US during the Cold War years, we want to focus on one of the neighborhoods that, in the last decade, is undergoing a clear growth phase. The Kreuzberg, near the Fredrichshain,is an area that is close to the River Spree and the past dividing curtain of which are still visible most of the remains. It is the district where the old buildings are being renovated and where the rental prices are still very low, which is why many have moved to this area. Over time it has become the artists’ quarter and is being one of the most active cultural vanguards of Europe. We want to imagine a new residence for artists, an ideal hinge at the back of the wall, at the impressive Oberbaum bridge, which could become an important pole of aggregation. It is here that artists from all over the world will gather to participate in the change that is leading the Berlin of the twentieth century. Which will become the symbol of the reconstruction.


FIRST PRIZE: Zanoni Enrico (ITALY)

…….the project area, part of the urban fabric of Fredrichshein, is located at the bridge Oberbaum and is enhanced by a prestigious architecture signed by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. The main idea of the project was to integrate the artist with the society around him. The architectural element is a public space enjoyed by the citizens, a path that leads from the ground floor to the last level where a panoramic view on axis with the bridge becomes perfectly placed on the river Spree. This route winds occupying almost the entire area and allows the audience to rise physically and intellectually thanks to the works of art contained in it (art gallery and urban passage). The space under a vacuum becomes completely permeable (urban void). Characterized by a dense mesh structural supports simple volumes, little nests of a city forest…….


SECOND PRIZE: Di Gianni Francesco, Fogliano Antonio (ITALY)

…….imagine a housing means thinking about an urban space connected to the city and stretching to enhance the existing. The project is located next to the bridge Oberbaum, which has always played an important role in connecting urban scale. Our idea was to build a pedestrian and bike path that starts from the park Gorlitzer could get to the heart of the Friedrichshain district. Within the project area you can find different paths that allow viewpoints dynamic and evocative. Unlike the wall that created the division wants to be building a structure easily penetrable. The volumes are suspended, perform a buffer function rather than barrier……..


THIRD PRIZE: Redaelli Luca, Norella Spadaro Andrea, Valle Eleonora (ITALY)

……..the metal reinforcements did not support longer a barrier but accounted flaking. In the project come from the land to become a lighter skin that covers the building. Opening in more points gives way to flashes of glass and light. A curtain glazing along the entire ground floor increasing the direct relationship with the users. Morphologically the building is based on two main giaciture dictated by the bridge Oberbaumstrabe and Schlesische Str. It is thought to create a building that would combine these lines and it was permeable from outside. The complex is connected to the public park in front with a canopy that gradually increases its height to reach the highest elevation in the corner. It is at this point that the metal texture is dematerialized to become input. It ‘a symbolic opening to new life……..



…….Art for Freedom is a project created by three key words: art, fragment and wall; the goal is the realization of different environments on multiple levels able to alternate moments of privacy in moments of sharing. The layout of the residential blocks will allow the new residential area to be permeable and well in the urban fabric. The formal evolution begins thinking about the wall under a meaning closer to the idea of obstacle. Shot down and becomes fragment beginning of new life. The residential types are different and the romantic charm of a terrace was intended to allow a park overlooking the preexisting maintaining a visual and spiritual connection with the place…….


MENTION: Sieracka Beata, Stanek Bartosz, Milaszewski Wiktor (POLONIA)

………it is the architecture of the place to us greatly inspired. The simplicity and austerity of forms, fine lines and precise, are the characteristics that we decided to take into consideration for our proposal. We repeated the triangular shape of the lot in three volumes. The first volume, divided by vertical elements, alluding to the classic forms visible in German architecture. It is here that we have decided to place the residences. The second building is a central metaphor of the diversity of cultures. Light plays an important role and makes the rooms sensitive to visual change that this can bring in the different hours of the day. In this building there are exhibition spaces, a multipurpose hall and a number of workshops for artists. The third block, located in the most narrow of the plot, is fully glazed. The material was used in the sense of filter receptive. All three buildings are well communicated and accessible from the outside. The central court plays an important role, can be used for meetings, concerts or performances. This project could not ignore respect for the values ​​and traditions…….


MENTION: Comin Giulia, Sasso Chiara, Tobis Iga (ITALY)

……..the strategic location of the place put on the project functional articulation that meets everyone’s needs. The building was not to be just a physical boundary but also a symbol of remembrance that is new value through art. We wanted to create a container in which the whole community could communicate and interact. The built volumes are two and containing within itself distinct functions but well connected. On the ground floor of the building it is completely permeable, allowing the mixing of public and private areas. It is an organism that has to live 24 hours a day why you make available to users various functional types such as libraries, shopping, and dining areas. The project proposes a solution that looks beyond the simple residence to meet the needs of everyday life for all……..


MENTION: Cioni Ilaria (ITALY)

……area growth was organic and gradual, probably little perceived by the towns themselves. The original idea was to have a residence polyfunctional, stylistically consistent with the context, such as to become a social attractor for anyone. The project insists on the concept of modularity. It is starting from the module and from its subsequent aggregation that has built the entire structure. Different housing types are present; spring from the superposition of a basic model. But is insisting on taking away that it was possible to reach a distinction is typological and functional. It is a physical separation but not material. The routes connecting public and private spaces to promote use 360 °…..


MENTION: Piotr Pańczyk, Palczowska Magda, Polański Mikołaj (POLONIA)

……when creating a symbol of reconstruction, you can not deconstruct. That’s why the new building had to fit into the neighborhood recreating an urban grid lost after the war. We wanted something in keeping with the town but separated from its noise. Spaces open air art gallery, workshops and private rooms are mixed with each other, allowing relationships always new. The facade is characterized by a structure of steel slats fixed covered with works of street artists. Depending on your point of observation images seem to change appearance. The uniformity of the exterior contrasts with the interior curved glass panels so designed to favor a user experience very dynamic. Green spaces inserted either in the court that on the surface coverage manifest attention to design for eco-sustainability……


MENTION: Montalto Valentina, Marsico Andrea, Iannucci Daniele (ITALY)

…….Kreuzberg is a multicultural district once inhabited by workers alone today lived by students and artists. The concept of the project starts from the idea of ​​a wall filled, closed, through three main fragments, opening the city to create a space where art can interact with people. The complex consists of five levels. The first, fully open to the public, becomes the nexus of reciprocity between the latter and art in all its forms. The second is designed as a forge where artists are free to express their creativity. Each building houses so precise categories of artists: musicians areas with dj-sets and recording rooms, artisans with shops and production workshops, painters with exhibition galleries and studios, actors with theater spaces and creative workshops. The last three levels house accommodations; systems shielding furniture make dynamic facades. The goal of the project was to make architecture a means of promoting culture……….


MENTION: Baiocco Chiara, D’Addona Marta (ITALY)

…….the location of the project next to the dividing curtain has given a new role to the element wall here is not intended as a division but as a filter. The wall becomes a facade of a new building that hides and reveals a fantasy world in which the artist lives. The facade, in line with the front of the buildings in the rest of the district, is entirely designed and colored with graffiti and photographs. Inside, the large column-shaped tree build an imaginary forest where the artist lives, creates and exhibits his work. The setting, away from the noise and bustle of the city, facilitates meditation allowing the sharing and participation. Are hanging houses, they represent a state of spiritual elevation……