Type of residents
Refugees with recognized status
Number of residents
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
GWG Kassel – Gemeinnützige Wohnungsbaugesellschaft der Stadt Kassel Gmb
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)