Topping-out celebration for Neues Schleiermacherhaus
Today marks the topping-out of our first project in Germany, Neues Schleiermacherhaus, and we’re celebrating with a ceremony on site.
The Protestant parish of St. Marien-Friedrichswerder has owned the baroque ensemble in Berlin’s Friedrichstadt district for over 300 years. Originally consisting of three almost identical buildings, the one on Glinkastrasse was almost completely destroyed in 1946 and the wasteland integrated into the parish garden.
By incorporating the dimensions and proportions of the lost building, our design blends harmoniously into the landscape. The ground floor with its spacious layout is suitable for cultural uses such as exhibitions or events, and the upper floors house offices that can be adapted to changing needs.
Working with engineered timber, and utilising geothermal energy for heating and cooling, the design combines the ambitions of the church and dRMM to develop innovative and sustainable architecture. Construction work in Friedrichstadt is expected to complete in summer 2024.
This is our first experience with wood, and we can see why it's an ideal building material because of it's warmth and the tangible connection with nature. Building with wood perfectly reflects our values and from now on we only want to use it! - Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Marien-Friedrichswerder