Streustraße Berlin, new building, completion 2018

Die Außenansicht der Streustraße 43 in Berlin Weißensee

The residential and commercial building in the Friesickestraße at the corner of Streustraße lies in popular Berlin-Weißensee, a neighbourhood of Pankow, which is increasingly attracting families, but also creative and businesspeople. The corner building merges like a pronounced keystone into the existing late historicist structure and forms a uniform whole with the neighbouring buildings. A garden house in the courtyard completes the ensemble.


Gemälde der Überreste der Diokletiansthermen bei Santa Maria degli Angeli
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, View of the Baths of Diocletian at Santa Maria degli Angeli, 1773–1778

Transience becomes the paradigm of transcendence between yesterday and today. This is why the “Non-finito”, the unfinished work, which at the same time also refers to the future, also served as a guiding theme for the architects. The building thus stands in an exemplary fashion for Berlin with its many construction sites and ruins, from which the city reinvents itself again and again.



Transience as future

The building unites modern standards of living and working with a language of form that are reminiscent of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s vedutas of ancient ruins or of the Romantic era of a Caspar David Friedrich: the topmost floor of the corner compartment bears stone testimony to the past and leaves the view to the skies free in the interplay of architecture and nature.

Das Bild der Klosterruine Eldena bei Greifswald.
Caspar David Friedrich, Monastery Ruins of Eldena near Greifswald. © Photo: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Photographer: Jörg P. Anders

Living design

The two to four–room apartments are suitable both for singles and for families and contribute to a mixed structure. Inside and outside combine to form a unique new building. The staircase is designed like an independent building - a building within a building. Climbing stairs is a celebration of the spaciousness of the room, an opportunity for encounter, lofty and cathedral-like.

Perceptible diversity

The detailed façade design invites viewers to stop and connect the dots themselves. One can discover a variety of units of measurement ranging from the smallest to the largest: from the cornices decorating the balcony to the large windows, the height of which each prescribes the room height of the individual floors.

Gemälde von Ambrogio Lorenzetti
Ambrogio Lorenzetti, The Effects of Good Government in the City, 1338/39
Die detailreiche Fassadengestaltung

The façade seems lively, which is underlined by the leaping forward and backward of individual structuring elements and the layout of the balconies and loggias. The structure is reminiscent of urban vedutas of medieval Italian cities, like they were documented pictorially by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, for example. Although the building seems like a city within a city, it merges harmoniously into its environment. Italian grandezza and Berlin historicism combine in a novel and sophisticated way to provide innovative living comfort.

Residential and commercial building
Friesickestraße 7 , Streustraße 43, Berlin, Weißensee
Project management
G. Pesenti
Construction management
kwp-architekten, Berlin
GbR Streustraße 43/45, Berlin
Eine Zeichnung vom Grundriss des Gebäudes