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The building, simply named “Hybrid House”, was erected next to the igs centre. It consists of two structures and is based on the idea that over the course of the day different lighting conditions are optimal for living and working. The Hybrid House thus seeks to address the specific needs of its inhabitants, who occasionally work from home, at different times of the day, from their own office or studio.
Different Daylight Conditions for Living and Working
The basic innovative idea behind this building was interpreted in a well-thought-through architectural design with new types of floor plans. A total of 16 units, 12 maisonettes and 4 apartments within apartments, or “granny flats”, face all points of the compass thanks to a combination of an east-west and a north-south oriented module. This design means that each living unit offers views in all directions and thus has four specific daylight conditions – something that is otherwise the sole preserve of detached houses. Recessed balconies and gardens provide a connection with the outdoors. The upper units have a roof terrace offering additional views, including over the neighbouring Island Park.
Open to Every Kind of Change
With its inherently diverse range of spaces, the Hybrid House is well suited to both working and living. A central open area with a common staircase and a walkway enables the modular system to be applied consistently while consolidating the loose arrangement of the ground plan. It is up to the residents to decide whether to dedicate the lower levels solely to work, or whether to integrate working spaces into both floors of the unit.
In order to make the layout even more versatile, both parts of the building have additional units on the first and third floors which can be added on to the neighbouring apartments if required. The house is able to respond to the changing circumstances and needs of its environment and residents by virtue of its versatility in terms of size and the allocation of space.
The Purpose Might Change, but the Energy Standard Remains
The Hybrid House uses environmentally friendly construction techniques. Compared with conventional residential buildings, the structural effort involved in changing the building’s function is very low, as such an eventuality has been accounted for in the versatile use concept. This means that not only are time and money saved if units are merged, downsized or converted, but there is also a minimal outlay in materials used. Modifying a unit due to the changing lifestyle of its residents does not, therefore, affect the whole building; rather, it is part of the sustainable concept underpinning the house.
Am Inselpark 3
Beginning of construction:
approx. 5 Mio. Euro
approx. 2,040 sqm
Gross floor area:
approx. 2,500 sqm
Sizes of units:
65 – 145 sqm
EnEV 2009 minimum requirement minus 30% KfW
Energy efficiency house 70
Integrated Energy Network Wilhelmsburg Central