Project description


The site is located in Darmstadt-Kranichstein about 100m away from the building of the bauverein AG.

It is situated in a developing area in close of a neighbor building with which it shares an underground garage. The site has an approximately quadratic shape, bordered on two sides by streets. One private and publicly. About 100m away is also metro station, a shopping possibility and an administrative district office.

Design description

The proposed new building is oriented with the main facade parallel to the administrative district office, which has a large green area with a small pond.

The public access to the building is situated even there. All apartments are oriented with their living rooms and private outdoor areas to the south


The new building provides space for 8 apartments per floor (from the ground until the third floor).In the attic floor are 5 more apartments. A Wheelchair accessibility is guaranteed thanks to a barrier-free entrance on the ground floor and an elevator. Every apartment has a private outdoor area for example terrace, balcony or private gardens on the ground floor.


The building is planned as a solid structure consisting of reinforced concrete and a back-ventilated facade covered by zinc panels. Balcony and terrace are equipped with sliding wooden panels for privacy and sun protection. To achieve the high-energy standards, the building envelope has to be optimized in terms of energy efficiency (high insulation thickness).

Energy efficiency standards and building

For the building an energy standard based on the Passive House standard has been planned. There for the heating demand must be reduced. Only a slight additional heating is necessary. The installation of a ventilation system with heat recovery from exhaust air, has been planned for all floors.

Number of dwellings: 37
Living space: 3.354,00 m²
Building volume 22.242,86 m³

Stakeholder and facts
Project owner:
bauverein AG Darmstadt
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Architect and local energy designer:
planungsgruppe DREI
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Energy Consultant:
LUWOGE consult

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