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What Makes This Berlin’s Student Housing Project a Solution to the Cost-of-Living Crisis?

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

Berlin’s Oberschöneweide District is experiencing a revival, thanks in part to the presence of HTW university campus. As part of this regeneration effort, Sehw Architektur has designed a student apartment building called “Around the Corner,” providing cost-effective living spaces for students while contributing to the revitalization of the area.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

Commissioned by Berlinovo, a city-owned housing company, Around the Corner comprises 159 student flats and serves as an initiative to establish affordable residential buildings in the area. The name itself suggests that the building acts as the cornerstone, concluding the existing block development and blending with the traditional architecture surrounding it.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

One of the key features of the student housing is its monolithic façade created by sloped roof areas and smooth walls. The building is divided into two sections, with the rear clad in grey and the front in white. This division aligns the structure with the scale and proportions of the street and neighboring buildings. Ventilation points in the windows, highlighted in yellow, introduce a playful touch of color, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

Inside the apartments, a combination of wooden elements and white tones creates a neutral canvas that allows students to personalize and decorate the space according to their preferences. The design also emphasizes the importance of community, with the kitchens oriented towards shared zones. Expansive windows in these areas allow natural daylight to flood in, creating an open atmosphere that encourages social interaction among the residents.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

The construction of Around the Corner not only provides much-needed affordable housing to students but also contributes to the revitalization of Berlin’s electrical district. By blending modern design elements with traditional architecture, the building establishes a dialogue with its surroundings and adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

Furthermore, the student apartments prioritize sustainability and efficiency. The use of natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day, while the ventilation points ensure proper air circulation. These features not only contribute to a comfortable living environment but also align with Berlin’s commitment to sustainable urban development.

Around the Corner Student Apartment Building / Sehw Architektur

As Berlin‘s Oberschöneweide District undergoes regeneration, student housing like Around the Corner plays a crucial role in attracting young residents and supporting the growth of the area. By providing affordable living spaces and incorporating elements that foster a sense of community, this student apartment building by Sehw Architektur is not only an architectural gem but also an integral part of the revitalization efforts in Berlin’s electrical district.

Image courtesy of Helin Bereket