Bard School Berlin Pupil Residences / Civilian Initiatives
Textual content description offered by the architects. Bard School Berlin has collaborated with improvement and undertaking administration agency DBI Initiatives and New York-based structure and interiors studio Civilian to develop new pupil residences. Knowledgeable by Berlin’s wealthy architectural and design historical past, they assist foster pupil residing and studying within the inventive, political, and financial middle of Europe. The residences are scheduled to open in September 2021 at the beginning of the brand new tutorial 12 months when college students from all around the world will reside at Bard School Berlin.
Context. Set within the metropolis’s leafy Pankow neighborhood, the previous East Berlin embassy district, and arraying 39 flats that might be residence to 120 college students, the dual purple and grey brick buildings mirror the heterogeneous architectural character of Berlin, and create permeable connections with their environment. The buildings delineate the nook lot on which they’re erected, forming a spacious patio that serves as an off-the-cuff group gathering place and offering a gateway between the adjoining Intelligenzberg Park and Bard School Berlin’s campus.
Working intently with the event supervisor of DBI Initiatives and their native associate AVP, Civilian has overseen the structure, interiors, furnishings, and panorama design for the undertaking along with a staff of native professionals.
Structure. Civilian’s design reimagines up to date communal residing in a metropolis that developed the progressive housing property in the course of the Weimar period. The undertaking attracts inspiration from German architect and concrete planner Bruno Taut and the Metropolis-era masonry Expressionist structure of the Nineteen Twenties which was recognized for its use of dense shade, floor high quality of supplies, multidisciplinary method in structure, interiors, furnishings, and emphasis on mild and air. The buildings are additionally set in dialogue with the Nineteen Seventies Neo Bauhaus structure of the encircling neighborhood.
The lounge and research areas on the bottom ground of every constructing are linked by a landscaped courtyard making a spatial social hub between the 2 residences and the not too long ago transformed former embassies that are actually tutorial buildings adjoining to the undertaking.
Interiors. The format of the general public areas helps pupil studying and social alternate by offering a mixture of research zones geared towards a variety of makes use of from particular person research to group or project-based work. The research lounges are distributed throughout each buildings whereas visually linked by a typical materials palette. One is convivial in nature and constructed out with a small espresso bar that accommodates occasions with cafe seating whereas the opposite is introspective and quiet.
Conscious of making a versatile atmosphere for open social alternate, residing, and studying, Civilian has made a set of customized furnishings that takes inspiration from the pared-down utility of Nineteen Twenties furnishings by Dutch designers Gerrit Rietveld and Ko Verzuu, in addition to artists Donald Judd and Andrea Zittel. Within the non-public residing areas, multifunctional bed room furnishings produced from European birch plywood maximizes storage and luxury, whereas incorporating high-quality supplies. The beds include drawer storage for clothes, a again and armrest for use as a chair, and a pull-out evening desk with an influence supply and lockable compartment. Particular person mirrors have an adjustable mild supply and lip to deal with household images or postcards. Desks have a further built-in shelf and a wardrobe offers further open storage. Every bit of furnishings has been CNC reduce, flat packed, and will be simply assembled or tailored for future use.
Refinished classic furnishings from the 70s and 80s contrasts with the customized millwork and paneling that has been positioned all through the general public lounge and cafe areas. The buildings had been conceived to satisfy Germany’s progressive power and sustainability requirements, together with an progressive courtyard design that includes all rainwater runoff right into a collection of gardens planted with drought-hardy indigenous perennial vegetation. For the interiors, a mix of refinished, classic, and customized furnishings utilizing minimally processed, sustainably harvested supplies was sourced all through.
The brand new residences present college students with a thoughtfully-designed residing and learning atmosphere that has integrated the wealthy native historical past and that can additional improve the shaping and functioning of the close-knit mental group that’s Bard School Berlin.