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0162 LoBe Building
Berlin, 2014-, Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon & Muck Petzet; Luise Angelmaier, Sarina Arnold, Romina Falk, Tobias Hönig, Martha Michalski, Birgit Müller, Alexine Sammut, Eva Sievert Asmussen, Markus Rampl, Christian Rapp, Lukas Vögel, Marco Wagner, Wolfram Winter, Natalia Zhukova

In addition to the various ways that flexible and function-neutral floor plans contribute to making it possible to live and work in the same place, as well as the tax and building code benefits that distinguish the "Kölner Brett" building, Brandlhuber+ also made a point of engaging with the unique qualities of the location when designing the LoBe building., in Berlin-Wedding. Although the area has no binding land-use plan, a regulation from 1958 only permits the construction of commercial buildings. Yet at the same time, an ongoing grandfather clause also ensures that the area remains essentially a residential zone. In this context, the special status of the studio building enables a new building to be constructed that can serve as both a work and residential site. Future users will also benefit from a peculiarity of the Berlin registration address must not necessarily be the place of residence. Because of this, they can designate their property as a commercial instead of a residential space and benefit from the VAT reduction for production spaces, and yet still have a registered address. While users of the studio building will benefit from existing residential protection like noise mitigation rules, the neighborhood will benefit from the fact that the LoBe Building, which will also house a kindergarten, will add public services to the district.
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