Affordable and climate-friendly living in the Alboingärten in Berlin-Schöneberg

The new residential quarter “Alboingärten” with a total of 432 apartments is being built in Berlin-Schöneberg between the Schöneberger Südgelände nature park and the historic Alboinplatz square. Social and environmental sustainability are the focus of the building owner Vonovia: 99 apartments, around a quarter of all apartments, are rented as subsidized housing for eligible individuals with a housing entitlement certificate (WBS). In addition, the AWO will operate a new daycare center in the neighborhood and offer therapeutic living. The company’s own combined heat and power plant and photovoltaic systems supply the neighborhood with heat and electricity in a climate-friendly manner. Leasing has already begun, and the first tenants will move in in December.

“The Alboingärten are a model for how we can create much-needed new construction in Berlin and at the same time achieve something for social coexistence and climate protection. We offer families, couples, and individuals attractive apartments tailored to meet their individual needs,” says Thomas Wesche, Regional Division Manager Berlin Mitte at Vonovia. With a total of 19 staircases, the building has more than 50 floor plan variants with apartment sizes ranging from 24 to 118 square meters, from functional one-bedroom apartments to spacious staggered-floor apartments with roof terraces. All apartments have a balcony, terrace, or roof terrace. Around one third of all apartments are barrier-free. The total investment costs amount to around 150 million euro.

In addition, the Alboingärten create added social value that extends beyond the new development quarter: Because in addition to a daycare center for up to 60 children, which is scheduled to open in January 2022, there will also be 15 residential units for people with mental impairments. Both facilities are operated by AWO pro:mensch gGmbH as the social sponsor. “Therapeutic supported living is an important step in helping people with mental impairments participate in life in society. The need for these apartments is growing steadily, which is why we are delighted to be working with Vonovia in the Alboingärten,” says Marion Schmidt, Managing Director of AWO pro:mensch in Berlin. Her colleague, Susanne Baier, Integration Division Manager, adds: “The plan is that we will also develop and have offerings to foster neighborly togetherness in the Alboingärten.”

The Alboingärten offer future tenants three spacious, south-facing courtyards with a high quality of stay. The courtyards are each designed for different age groups: A play yard with a climbing castle and roller rink, a parkour yard as an adventure area for teenagers, and a pergola yard with seating and a boules court. The planners have also thought of a contemporary coexistence of pedestrians, cars, and bicycles: The entire area is traffic-calmed and accessible via an access road from Bessemerstrasse. Both above-ground and underground parking spaces are available for bicycles and cars.

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