Möckernkiez: Construction starts on Berlin’s largest passive house project

The apartments will be ranging in size between 27 and 150 square meters and will have a balcony, roof terrace or garden courtyard.

The foundation stone laying ceremony for the Möckernkiez urban district in Berlin took place on July 13, 2016. Over the next two years, around 470 modern apartments, 20 commercial units, 98 underground parking spaces, and various social facilities will be built on the perimeter of Gleisdreieck Park – formerly a major railway junction – in Kreuzberg. The development will meet high sustainability standards and allow collaborative, inter-generational living.

The Möckernkiez project dates back to a local citizens’ initiative. Founded in 2009 to realize the project, the Möckernkiez cooperative has since planned the development, is now implementing it, and will manage it following completion. Following a hiatus in construction, work on the € 130 million project is picking up speed again. The new urban district is located on a 30,000 square meter site and will have 14 apartment buildings. It is car-free and wheelchair-accessible throughout. Möckernkiez also promotes sustainable and ecological living. Passive house design will be used for all the buildings in the modern district to meet the ‘KfW 40’ energy-efficiency standard. Optimal thermal insulation and controlled ventilation with heat recovery mean that the buildings require very little energy for heating. Drees & Sommer experts drew up the energy and sustainability concept for the entire apartment complex. Project management and consulting firm Drees & Sommer has been supporting the Möckernkiez Genossenschaft (cooperative) with this ambitious construction project since 2010.  The experts are also responsible for the project schedule, costs and quality levels, with completion planned for mid 2018.