TECHNE 17 (2019): Horizontality/verticality in architecture
Research and Experimentation

Baugruppen. Innovation through collaborative infrastructures

Virginia De Jorge-Huertas
Departamento de Arquitectura, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

Published 2019-01-17


  • Baugruppen,
  • Berlin,
  • Cohousing,
  • Innovative housing

How to Cite

De Jorge-Huertas, V. (2019). Baugruppen. Innovation through collaborative infrastructures. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (17), 171–182.


In the 1990s in Berlin the Baugruppen movement developed an innovative housing project as a “typological” experimentation. Several case studies will be analysed based on the users’ needs, the self-made construction, affordable options, collaborative housing, and creative participation. Once this model has been known a potential alternative can be applied to the shortage of housing options in Europe. This paper analyses several case-studies realized in Berlin which could be defined as a compact “vertical village” or “vertical mat-building” by land consumption reduction. Adopting the theoretical approach of the Baugruppen, the case studies will be evaluated through five key points: common infrastructure, personalized spheres, variable volume, hanging gardens, and shared common spaces, to validate their “typological” experimental quality.


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