Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a “vertical garden city” that is designed to provide healthy food and a community environment. In essence, they are proposing to construct not only a building, but a sustainable urban environment for the 21st century city dweller.
Preibisz and Sandhaus were most concerned with providing an alternative to the industrial food complex and fostering a sense of community in a typically anonymous urban landscape. And so the proposed tower is designed to have a network of gardens that fit into the figure 8′s two hollow parts. The resident quarters are arranged to encourage interaction and community-building, which Preibisz and Sandhaus compare to social networking, where the “the border between the public and the private spheres is being renegotiated.” The tower would include sport and leisure amenities as well as care for children and seniors.
Currently, “the question of whether it is going to be built is open as of this moment,” says Sandhaus. But if it is built, Green8 will be cooperatively owned, side-stepping typical developer profiteering and land speculation. The architects are in the process of finding a cooperative of potential owners and are talking with engineers about the tower’s feasibility.