- Tchoban Voss Architekten designs The White in Berlin
The White is the name of the creation by Sergei Tchoban / Tchoban Voss Architekten,and it is the first apartment building in the east port zone of Berlin on the Spree river, currently dominated by office buildings and retail use.
The design options the architect developed have worked to harmoniously fit into the context this seven-floor building with underground garage and green spaces with playgrounds that are also open to the general public. The white building has a trapezoidal floor plan and rounded corners broken up by large windows and generously sized balconies that jut out towards the water.
The formal references to a ship are further highlighted in the interiors where certain views make it feel like you're looking over the water from the decks of a gorgeous cruise ship. Natural light filters through the multi-layered transparent foil roof of the atrium, providing the focal point for the whole composition. The building houses 68 apartments of two, three and four rooms, ranging in size from 48 to 125 square metres and are all wheelchair accessible.
The atrium also contains a site-specific artwork by Jovana Rusov, “Samara”, which references maple nuts and consists of nine aluminium wing-nuts that form a 3-metre round structure hanging from the ceiling. This sculpture emphasises the aura of lightness and tranquility that Sergei Tchoban and Tchoban Voss Architekten intended to get across with The White.
Project: Sergei Tchoban / Tchoban Voss Architekten
Partner: Philipp Bauer
Project Management: Karsten Waldschmidt (design), Philipp Bauer (completion)
Project team: Priska-Magdalena Schwalke, Anissa Landgraf
Statics: Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung
Automation system: Ingenieurbüro Rainer Mai
Year: July 2016
Location: Berlin, Germany
Photography: Werner Huthmacher