The seven-story apartment building in Emser Straße designed by Sebastian Treese Architekten stands in the vibrant district of Berlin Wilmersdorf. Currently under construction, its dark brick façade is a tribute to the expressionist architecture of early 1920s Berlin found widely in the area. In a world of increasingly industrialized building techniques and disappearing craftsmanship, Sebastian Treese Architekten tries to show that it is possible to combine both worlds. This essay describes the spatial and organizational context of the building and how it was designed to fit into and be part of its neighborhood by considering some of the compositional and material resources involved.
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