The Schillerpromenade is the main artery of the Schillerkiez neighbourhood in Berlin-Neukölln. It charms with majestic façades from the period around 1900, a generously dimensioned centre strip with park benches and sidewalks lined by planes. Once created as a quarter for the upper middle class, the area has once again experienced a strong upturn. The heart of the Schillerpromenade is the Herrfurthplatz with the Genezarethkirche. The planned object lies on the northern part of the Schillerpromenande across from this.
For the upgrading of the top floor, a revitalisation of the roof situation with metal dormers and a patio, as well as the implementation of two to three apartments was planned. Planned is the approach to a roof landscape with an animated silhouette, as can be seen in old engravings from the period of Central European historicism: Accents through little towers, imposing corner emphases and pronounced bays – a development of the top floor toward the sky, which stands in stark contrast with the demarcation of the façade edge. The stroller on the Schillerpromenade thus already admires the majestic structures, which are conceived of for their long-distance effect, from a distance – then as now.
History meets the present
The project provides for the refurbishing of the front building, whereby the original, more than 12-metre-high dome is to be restored in the interests of a continuing history. Planned is a low, levelled variant of the historic tower. It should be almost eight metres high and have a spacious, bright tower room inside. Three windows extending to the floor enable the greatest possible light incidence. However, the complete reconstruction of the tower might also have been conceivable.