Position: The dense City

What could be a model?

Berlin as metropolis of nature. An Archipelago of different city islands of high density. Dialogue between densification and ‘landscapization’ with clear boundaries. Coexistence of urbanity and natural space.

Ongoing research on the city model Common Archipelagos.



Berlin, built-up area (black) / Determination of a hypothetical minimum volume for the entire housing space of the city


If the minimum volume was a cube, each side would measure 560 m and its footprint would be 30 ha


Typical volume of a Berlin building block / “Mietskaserne” (tenement blocks), around 1880


Distributing the minimum volume on blocks, 55 m wide and 18 m high / Occupying an area of 3050 ha


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Typical volume of a residential tower of a large housing estate / Example: O.M. Ungers, Märkisches Viertel, around 1964


Distribution of the minimum volume on towers with a ground area of 25×25 m and 55 m high / Occupying an area of 1618 ha


Fictitious volume of a large solid 


Distribution of the minimum volume on building structures with a ground area of 25 x 500 m and 50 m high



ProgramDense city - model
StatusStudy (ongoing research on the city model called Common Archipelagos)
ClientBDA Berlin, Stadtsalon, Claus Käpplinger
ServicesProgram analysis, strategic concept, visualization