The typology developed for this project addresses the topic of flexible usage patterns: “Schalträume” (switch-rooms) enable residents to adapt their surroundings to changing lifestyles and circumstances. The switch-room can provide residents with an alternative entrance to the apartment and/or with a separate, autonomous space within the apartment.
It can be seen as a quasi-separate unit used for instant privacy, for work, or to allow for the coexistence of conflicting lifestyles. Or it can be reintegrated into the apartment as an ad-hoc extension. The “Fernraum” (lit. far-space) is another type of space that increases flexibility: it is accessible from the covered walkways and can be rented for office/workshop use, complete with sanitary facilities and kitchenette.
EBG, Gemeinnützige Ein- und Mehrfamilienhäuser Baugenossenschaft