Fassade mit Balkonen und abgetreppten Baukörper des Wohngebäudes Mühenstraße in Berlin.

Pearl in Pankow

Condominiums using prefabricated building systems, Berlin

Shared Living Holzbaupreis 2019
Heinze Shortlist 2020

In Berlin’s Pankow district, we have completed a residential building with 26 modern residential units. One of the units is designed as a town house with three floors and a separate entrance. The building self-consciously occupies a corner plot. In addition to the three-storey town house, it comprises a building section with five full storeys and a penthouse-style top floor. The ground floor flats feature front gardens, while the upper units have balconies, bay windows and roof terraces. The building was designed in prefabricated timber construction and was nominated for the Lower Austria Timber Construction Award in 2019.

Das Wohngebäude Mühlenstraße in Berlin im Kontext der Nachbarbebauungen.
Fassade mit Balkonen und abgetrepptem Baukörper des Wohngebäudes Mühlenstraße in Berlin. Das Wohngebäude Mühlenstraße in Berlin im Kontext der Nachbarbebauungen.

“a new aesthetics of the serial”

With the residential building on Mühlenstrasse in Pankow, designed with a view to densification, Sehw has once again succeeded in creating a building that is as diverse as its residents. On the one hand, it blends effortlessly into the existing urban fabric, incorporating the surrounding greenery into the architecture as an integrative element, and, on the other hand, distinguishes itself from its competitors through its holistic concept. Serial housing construction is here positively transformed from prefabricated concrete buildings and large residential estates towards an individual feel-good house, which has been developed for serial construction. The patent recipe for dealing with the prevailing housing shortage does not lie in the serial alone but in the development of a new aesthetic of the serial, which takes into account the simultaneous individualisation of society.

  • Project type

    New construction

  • Purpose


  • GFA

    4,320 m²

  • Project status


  • Period

    2016 – 2018

  • Construction cost

    7,862,000 €

  • Service phases

    1 – 8 (HOAI)

  • Project team

    Zeynep Ayse Hicsasmaz
    Eun Kyoung Song

  • Nomination

    NÖ Holzbaupreis

  • Shortlist

    Architekten Award