Follow-Up Accommodation after First Admittance, Kassel

Mass-wall construction using plastered autoclaved aerated concrete. Rather than mere provisional housing, these buildings are conceived to provide classic, conventional housing for the purposes of collective accommodation.


Type of residents
Refugees with recognized status

Number of residents

Modular units
36 apartments

Building method
Mass-wall construction

Building (Detail)
Exterior walls of plastered autoclaved aerated concrete (no exterior insulation finishing system); Floor slabs of reinforced concrete


Living space per person (m²/person)

ARGE Wohnen Bunsenstraße (Kassel): Baufrösche Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH, foundation 5+ architekten BDA, fondation 5+ landschaftsarchtekten und planer, HHS Planer + Architekten AG, Clemens Kober Architekt BDA, Reichel Architekten BDA, Spöth Architekten

Commissioned by
GWG Kassel – Gemeinnützige Wohnungsbaugesellschaft der Stadt Kassel Gmb

Construction firm
ARGE GU: Emmeluth Baugesellschaft mgH, Hermanns HMS-Bau GmbH

In principle, refugee accommodation should aim to meet the same domestic needs as housing for anyone else: private space to retreat, manageable group sizes, well-positioned common rooms, and a variety of differentiated and distinct free spaces for developing a good community.
Here in Bunsenstraßen, “entirely normal” and cost-efficient apartments are under construction. Initially, their primary use will be collective housing; in the future, however, in the same form, they can be rented out as social housing. They can also be transformed into student apartments with a few simple tweaks.
Planning process: After a November 2015 workshop hosted by the City of Kassel featuring representatives from the construction industry, city government, Caritas Association, and various architects, a decision was made to avoid building provisional housing, despite the enormous time pressure, and instead construct classic housing.

(Excerpt from project description)