House of Statistics

A model for process-oriented and cooperative planning to ensure common spaces

By 2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

House of Statistics

The House of Statistics model project is being developed cooperatively and with a focus on the common good.

House of Statistics, Berlin2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

During the restructuring of Alexanderplatz through socialist ideals under the GDR, buildings were erected as prefabricated slabs. Construction began on March 8, 1968, with plans by the architectural collective Manfred Hörner, Peter Senf and Joachim Härter.

House of Statistics, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Since 2008, the House of Statistics has stood empty in the middle of Berlin. It is located close to the Alexanderplatz. 

Haus der Statistik, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Allesandersplatz: In 2015, the initiative Haus der Statistik, a group of committed artists, architects, cultural workers and politicians, prevented the sale of the building to investors including the building's planned demolition.

Haus der Statistik, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

To create the planning law required to refurbish the existing buildings and add new ones, the initative created an integrated urban planning workshop with three planning teams, which took place from September 2018 to February 2019.

Future Mix of Uses2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Currently, Koop5 is working closely with planners from Teleinternetcafe and Treibhaus on detailed questions related to the building's development. 

House of Statistics - Modell2038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

The urban design developed by Teleinternetcafé intends to provide a robust basis for a cooperative, community-oriented process of space production in the heart of Berlin.

Haus der Statistik, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

The first floors of the entire neighborhood are to be used for the common good. They should form the basis of a lively neighborhood. Sumiltaneous to the planning and construction of a new building, existing buildings function as test sites for possible new uses.

Haus der Statistik, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

In the coming years, a lively mixture of affordable apartments, administratative buildings, and small-scale units for commercial, cultural and social uses, is planned to develop.

Haus der Statistik, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

“Shaping Berlin together – united, sustainable, cosmopolitan.” This model of development advocates for new cooperations and broad participation of the urban society, with the goal of creating more projects like this all over Germany.

Tirdad Zolghadr, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

Tirdad Zolghadr, Curator & Writer

"The fact that by some miracle the mayor, the technocrats, the cultural workers, the social workers, the tenants, were all more or less happy, led to this becoming a kind of blueprint. Thus, similar models were pursued elsewhere."

House of Statistics, Still from History Channel by © 20382038 German Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

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