REFUGEE HOUSING with Subsequent Use, Bremen

The timber-frame courtyard buildings are designed to function as permanent housing after being used five years for refugee accommodation.

In Planning

Type of residents
Asylum seekers

Number of residents

Modular units
2 buildings

Construction costs (Euro/m²)

Building method
Timber frame


Living space per person (m²/person)

Feldschnieders + Kister Architekten BDA

Commissioned by
Bremen Senator for Social Affairs, Children, Adolescents, and Women

Construction firm
Ed. Züblin AG

The measure called for the construction of a permanent housing facility with plain apartments, to be used by refugees for a limited period of five years. As part of our preliminary assessment, we explored the location, the task, and the unique qualities needed from the building, and developed an analysis of the environment and the requirements. The study concluded that the favored building form would be permanent housing, made of two large timber-frame courtyard buildings. The facility is conceived as a structured site, integrated into the environment via a carefully designed outdoor area. To comply with the area’s standards, the facility is divided into two main buildings.
The two individual buildings are each conceived as courtyard buildings with interior circulation. Apartments are accessed on the upper floors by a continuous corridor connected to the ground level via two double-lane staircases. The residential buildings each open to the square on one side.

(Excerpt from project description)