Siegmunds Hof “Eco-Pop”
Siegmunds Hof Hall of Residence, dating back to 1961, is located close to the university, embedded between the river Spree and the Tiergarten park. Based on the findings from the „Moving in together“ participation seminar, Susanne Hofmann Architekten developed both multiform living solutions and ground floor plans and a fantastic ecological landscape, which is true to contemporary conceptions of healthy and environmentally sound coexistence and cohabitation. „Eco-pop“ – ecologically sustainable and energetically sound architecture, which is neither boring nor reserved. The new energy concept not only includes energy-efficient renovation of façades and mechanical services as stipulated by monument conservation provisions, but also an energy-conscious design of outdoors areas. Renewable energy sources become visible and traceable onsite and in buildings. In addition to the „Eco-pop’s“ energy-supplying items, other components make residents want to experience nature and linger. The lot is divided into a sports area, a garden, an outdoor living room, a town square, a small forest, a meadow and the riverbank. „Eco-pop“ combines two seemingly contradictory living ideals: life in a vibrant city and a quiet, relaxing life in the country.
Project Team
Dipl.-Ing.Susanne Hofmann BDA, Dipl.-Arch. Marlen Weiser (Project management), Dipl.-Ing. Jannes Wurps with Dipl.-Ing. Helmuth Hanle

Studentenwerk Berlin
Siegmunds Hof Haus 13
Building 13 represents the first construction phase of the master plan for Siegmunds Hof Hall of Residence. The design was developed through an extensive Participation process.
Siegmunds Hof House 13 „ The House for Gardening Friends “
House 13, “The House for Gardening Friends”, has been renovated and rejuvenated, through a sensitive adaptation of the existing fabric coupled with a reinvention of the private and common areas and a new imaginative ecological landscape, in accordance with the desires of the student residents. The new interventions stand out in bold relief against the existing fabric without compromising the building’s character.
In order to encourage a mixture of students and a multifaceted living facility, seven different room types have been developed by combining the small existing 10sqm rooms in different constellations. Small single rooms at ground floor have been retained but enriched by either shared pink terraces or direct access to the newly landscaped garden where students can plant and grow their own vegetables. On the upper floors two or three small single units have been combined and installed with a new bathroom and living area which is shared between 1-2 students.
The communal kitchens have been expanded and transformed to be the core of the collective, every-day life. Existing transom windows, on the northeast facade, have been supplemented by new large wooden windows which naturally illuminate the kitchen and living space, provide niches for reading and views to the herb garden, outdoor living room and sports ground.
As part of the overall energy strategy the existing protected facade has been renovated in line with conservation guidelines and the existing building systems have been ecologically overhauled including a new solar heating system and grey water recycling.
The ecological landscaping and public space around the building form a significant part of the design. New programmatic interventions that play between the qualities of pulsating city and laid back rural life punctuate the area in order to reanimate the previously disused public space. The new ‚town square‘ in front of House13 serves as a focal point for the entire campus, opening itself up towards the city. To the rear, the ‚outdoor living room‘ and sports ground provide a quieter recluse from urban life where massive stone seats and terraces can be frequented by those wishing to sunbath or play basketball and oversized external living room lamps create a serene atmosphere for a summer picnic at dawn.

Project Team
Dipl.-Ing. Susanne Hofmann, Dip.-Arch. Marlen Weiser (Project management), Dipl.-Ing Martin Mohelnicky (Project management), Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Hülseweg, Dipl.-Ing. Jens Kärcher, Dipl.-Ing. Nils Ruf, Dipl.-Ing. Jannes Wurps with Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Biller (Construction management), Dipl.-Ing. Helmuth Hanle (Advice) und Laura Holzberg, Theresa Kaiser, Emiliano Lupo, Janek Meyer

Studentenwerk Berlin

3.000.000 Euro brutto (Haus 13 inkl. Freiraum und Stadtplatz)

Work Stages
LP 2-9, Partizipation

Design Team

Photographer NOSHE

Siegmunds Hof “Moving in Together”

Students are experts when it comes to student-style living. Die Baupiloten are convinced that a viable vision cannot be accomplished without the users’ participation. They conduct field research, living experiments, simulation games and surveys, gathering students’ preferences and dreams in terms of living, which are then mapped and examined with the purpose of developing innovative living constellations eventually. In a two-step participation process the living requirements of a large anonymous user group were analysed. 274 interviews were conducted aiming at finding out what living together with many others could ideally look like. The findings were broken down and categorized to all kinds of desired activities and atmospheric descriptions. Examples of activities would be „I am a stay-at-home kind of person“ or „ I am a workaholic“ and of atmospheric descriptions: „cosiness“ or „weather“. These were elaborated into a tile-laying game with activity and atmosphere cards:

Play your dream of living – Live your dream of playing
1. Get warmed up! 2. Your playing field 3. Basic cards 4. What do you enjoy doing? What have you always wanted to do? 5. What should it be like there? 6. Joker 7. Use the space 8. A final glimpse.


Established in 2003 the Baupiloten is an experimental educational project, set up as collaboration between the Technical University Berlin and Susanne Hofmann Architects, which aims to integrate real projects into student’s architectural education.
Initiated in the context of a growing call within the German architectural profession for students to be more prepared for professional life, the aim of the studio is to combine education, practice and research. The Baupiloten gives architecture students of the TU Berlin the opportunity to work on real projects, within tight budgetary constraints, from conception to completion under professional guidance.
An integral part of the experimental studio is the corporation with an architectural practice who assumes overall responsibility in accordance with the standard work stages (HOAI). As the University can accept no responsibility for architectural services, a legal agreement has been established between the TU Berlin and an architectural practice. All projects are contracted directly through Susanne Hofmann Architects, who oversee, manage and take on liability for the building project.
The conception and implementation of a design is inherently a collaborative and multi-disciplinary process. The Baupiloten places emphasis on imaginative means of communicating and engaging with the future users of the building, in conjunction with other leading experts within the university, technical experts and craftsmen. Within the studio, the Baupiloten exploits the research opportunities to further develop its knowledge of fire safety, building cost, lighting design, detail construction etc.
The classical realisation of an architectural project is becoming increasingly rare. The Baupiloten employs new strategies for collaboration, communication and organisational structures that enable individuals, communities, designers and specialists to respond to major challenges. Future users participate in the design of their buildings. We endeavour to forge new networks in local neighbourhoods, connect resources and socially engage private companies. The Baupiloten aspires to fulfil architecture’s social responsibilities.

Susanne Hofmann Architects

Susanne Hofmann Architects was established in Berlin in 2001. The practice specializes in public clients and educational buildings. Our award winning and widely published projects, many of which are transformations of existing buildings, include Universities, Schools, Kindergartens and Housing.
Our work focuses on innovative experimental design that is driven by both a social and ecological agenda. The foundation of each project is defined by intensive user participation that is integral to the design process.
We do not consider sustainability as a limitation on either the conception or realization of modern architecture and have built ambitious, economically viable, projects through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of experts.