You can but don’t have to be an architecture enthusiast to love living at Am Lokdepot. The functional clarity and liberal way of life in the buildings combined with the great view over the railway tracks speak for themselves, but are also apparent from the urban, post-industrial environment in which they stand. Robertneun, the planning architects who developed the Am Lokdepot living concept, used their strong construction shell design to relate directly to what was there before and incorporate it in the project. This overall development plan combines all 17 buildings. Am Lokdepot 14 is now for sale and being completed by HD Projektentwicklungs GmbH. It differs from the other buildings mainly by residential layouts on one level.
On a 28,000 square meter plot, parallely to the two landmarked depot halls of the Museum of Technology, the buildings Am Lokdepot form a new street profile, from Monumentenstraße to Dudenstraße, closing the unfinished promoterism block edge at Eylauer Straße. Here, in one of the most central and atmospheric places of Berlin, a coherent part of the city has come to life, directly leading to parking lots and opening toward the adjacent quarters.
It is the red colour of the historic locomotive depot halls made from clinker brick, the brightly coloured wooden doors and rusty hues of the railway tracks that are reflected in the facade materials with uninterrupted brilliance. The red continues in various shades, from the brick cladding of the two-storey base to the powder-coated aluminium frames of the windows right through to the balcony parapets, uniting the most diverse materials. In a classic rust tone, it runs along as a profile strip made of folded sheet metal on the undersides of balconies made of reinforced concrete and gives the facade its uniform colour scheme, right down to the last joint. There is a powerful energy at work, effectively complementing the high-quality materials thanks to an already existing feature: the vast sky above Am Lokdepot. There is no other place in Berlin where the fascinating play of light at sunrise and sunset unfolds to create a better juxtaposition of colours.