Passive living on a formerly active border | Berlin | Germany
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Passive living on a formerly active border

X-TEND & I-SYS on Engeldamm

Berlin-Mitte and Kreuzberg were divided by the inner German border strip for many decades. In order to create a connecting element after all these years of separation, the PHED - the Engeldamm Passive House - was created. The ecological and socially acceptable housing project is considered so innovative that it was even awarded the audience award of the Association of German Architects in 2012.

An important component, also for winning the prize, is the X-TEND stainless steel rope mesh from CARL STAHL ARC. In the form of a stainless steel rope curtain, the meshacts here as a springy but non-yielding fall protection for the balconies. The "floating windows" are a special feature. Within the X-TEND, rectangular frames give the impression that the openings are hanging in the air regardless of the house construction.

The passive house should break away from the real estate market

In addition to the X-TEND stainless steel cable mesh, the I-SYS stainless steel wire ropes also come from CARL STAHL ARCHITEKTUR. The constructions not only serve the security concept, but also offer the facade greening in the PHED a wide range of stainless steel climbing surfaces.

The PHED is the brainchild of a union of the Edith Maryon Foundation, Basel and scarchitekten from Berlin. The property was acquired by the foundation. Together, the goal was to free a special corner plot in the heart of Berlin from the real estate market. The Passive House, so valued today, was to emerge from this. In the case of passive houses, care is generally taken to ensure that ...

  • a high level of thermal insulation,
  • a low ventilation heat loss and
  • a gray water system

... classic building heating is no longer needed.

Transparent view thanks to the X-TEND stainless steel cable mesh

So that the individual apartments have space outside in the form of a balcony, the building begins further on the property than usual. Thus, the builders provide the residents with a fabulous view of the city on the Spree. The X-TEND stainless steel cable meshwith a mesh width of 60 mm was used to ensure that the safety requirements are in harmony with the optical transparency.

The water supply in the PHED is also of high quality. Toilets, washing machines and the green areas are supplied via a so-called gray water system. This significantly reduces fresh water consumption.

  • Project
    PHED Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Application

    Design of façade and fall protection

  • Products



    390 m2, ◊ 60 mm, ø 2 mm / ø 8 mm, ø 10 mm, ø 12 mm

  • Architect
  • Photographer
    André Kirchner