Fassadenmalerei Volière - Façade painting Aviary

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Housing association ‘STADT UND LAND’
  • Contact person: Dr Margit Linder, high-deck-quartier@weeberpartner.de
  • Year of implementation: 2009
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Berlin
  • Town: Berlin-Neukölln
  • Size of area: 5000 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • regional: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • regional: Local residents; Neighbourhood Management Berlin Neukölln; Artist group CITÉ CRÈATION; Painting company Borst & Muschiol GmbH & Co. KG Group; Housing association STADT UND LAND
    • other: Local residents; Neighbourhood Management Berlin Neukölln; Artist group CITÉ CRÈATION; Painting company Borst & Muschiol GmbH & Co. KG Group; Housing association STADT UND LAND
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved attractiveness of the architecture of the socialist buildings.
    2. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The housing association STADT UND LAND initiated the project with support of the neighbourhood management team of Berlin Neukölln. The housing association invited a French artist group which is famous for its façade paintings in various European Cities. Furthermore the Borst & Muschiol GmbH & Co. KG Group agreed to execute the project and to create four apprenticeship training positions for juveniles living in the quarter. The district administration of Neukölln beard one third of the costs.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. No, the building is a part of a residential area which was constructed in West Berlin. It was very in-demand to live there before 1989 but after the reunification the housing area lost its reputation as a calm residential area near the Berlin Wall. From today’s perspective the architectural design of the residential area is accompanied with difficulties concerning to social inclusion. The buildings lay separated from the road on a higher level and the houses are connected with each other via pedestrian bridges. These bridges should improve the communication within the neighbourhood but actually they are little used by the local residents

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Not applicable.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. The housing complex was very in-demand in the 80s due to the fact that it represented a modern architectural building structure. After the reunification the district became more and more a social hotspot and buildings began to decay. In 2008 it was highly demanded to renovate the housing complex not only in terms of redeveloping the building structure but also in the sense of improving its visual appearance. The occupants were invited to develop ideas for the façade painting together with an artist group. The project was not only successful in improving the visual appearance of the housing block but also in supporting the contact between younger and older people living in Berlin Neukölln.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. The façade painting project is a project to reduce social exclusion. Due to the fact that the buildings are separated from the road, the residential area has no central point or meeting place for local residents to meet and to get to know each other. During the projects planning and implementation phases, the inhabitants (mostly people of advanced age) got in contact with each other. The façade painting building is now a centre of attraction and the project improved the social cohesion.

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. After the reunification the housing blocks of the ‘High-deck’ residential area in Berlin Neukölln lost its attractiveness and became a social hotspot also due to its architectural design. The idea was to build a residential area where pavements are separated from the road and garages. The housing complexes are connected with each other by pedestrian bridges but these bridges are very little used so that people live separated from each other. The façade painting project is one of the projects within the neighbourhood management approach in Berlin Neukölln to reduce the social division of local residents.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. No.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.quartiersmanagement-berlin.de/