Neues Berlin

Best Project of Building or Facility by Student

About the project
‘Neues Berlin’ tackles gentrification and globalisation in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. The Turkish community is slowly being displaced by tourism and a burgeoning tech industry. Many of the residents do not have the skills or money to adapt to the changes occurring in their neighbourhood and as their homes are sold to property speculators, they will become displaced from their homes. Through the reintroduction of productive, craft industries to Kreuzberg, ‘Neues Berlin’ provides work in the textile industry that is meaningful, culturally expressive, and lucrative in an area where work is not guaranteed, and rents are rising quickly. Floating above a new wetland landscape, ‘Neues Berlin’ features all aspects of textile production from the development of new natural dyes, to the hand weaving of carpets and tapestries using heritage techniques. The project is the first building in the proposed industrial quarter and is the first step towards a community centred and resilient Berlin.

Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Project design year

Applicant and author of the project
Wesley Stone.
Recently completed his Masters degree at the University of Westminster with distinction. Focused on creating robust designs that are community and context lead with sustainable design in mind.