Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough is one of Europe’s most densely populated places. The residents already feel this today, with public open spaces at the limit of their capacity. Tomorrow’s inhabitants will be overwhelmed by an even higher density of people, and more often in extreme weather conditions.
We all know the perils of climate change increase where the earth is sealed by manmade materials. Where stone and asphalt store heat, preventing the city from cooling down at night. Where plants cannot grow, meaning more harmful CO2. Worse still, heavy rain regularly overloads the Berlin sewage system, polluting the River Spree.
Such challenges can only be solved through pioneering urban thinking. Alongside MVRDV architectural practice, leaders in creating sustainable and adventurous places, we will bring new life to the address, full of greenery. Our plans include a courtyard connecting to the street, a new public space and infrastructure for the community, and outside residential terraces. A mixed-use ‘ritter jungle’.
Ritter Jungel will be a sustainable and smart city building block. It is a must-take opportunity to make the borough more climate resilient.
Where there is a backyard today, we will create a natural place for a new sustainable neighbourhood. Where a multistorey car park blocks the natural soil function, a landmark building will help the city tackle heavy rainfall and heat waves.