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Like many German cities, Bremen is facing an increasing housing shortage and a growing demand for affordable housing. In response to this, the largest Bremen Housing Association, GEWOBA, has taken on a supplementary extension to their existing 45 000-plus housing stock. Designed by Lin Architects Urbanists, Bremer Punkt is a pilot project for supplementary extensions to social housing on an urban scale.

The Bremer Punkt housing areas, in the Gartendstadt Süd of Neustadt Bremen, offer generous green open areas formed by homogenous four-storey housing blocks.

These urban niches are activated by the punctual integration of four-storey timber cubes. With a surface area of only 13.35 x 13.35m, the cube houses react sensibly to the existing buildings, granting the character of the green open spaces of the estate to keep their appearance.

The new buildings are designed as a modular timber prefab system, allowing flexible layout possibilities for site-specific needs and responding to individual demands. The houses are able to adapt to different apartment combinations, surface areas, circulation, façade and building form requirements.

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