undjurekbrüggen is an architectural practice that considers architecture as an immanent part of a common Earth shared with all people, animals, plants and things. Instead of placing individual, human objects in a natural world in crisis, undjurekbrüggen intends to connect the world you live in and the world you live from in one space.

With the aim of not only protecting the Earth, but also caring for it and actively shaping it in a positive way, undjurekbrüggen initiates ecological projects in cooperation with other actors.

These projects can have different formats (building, furniture, text, film, campaign, neighbourhood or landscape), but always deal with the existing in terms of building, ecology, economy, politics, climate and comfort.  

_undjurekbrüggen is co-founding member of the architecture collective OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture



Gotzkowskystraße 33
10555 Berlin

future office
Kirchplatz 6
39615 Werben (Elbe)

+49 157 50971179

OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture
ammi, Aimée Michelfelder
David Gössler Architektur 
OFED Office for Ecological Development
Johaniterkomturei Werben e.V. 
Sebastian Sailer, Kosa Architekten
StadtMitGestalter e.V.  
Marco Bruggmann
Nenad Marinovic 
Leo Herrmann
Karla Philipp
Victor Nagel

Caroline Axelsen
Rebecca Buus 
Christian Cotting
Noah Curinga
Patrick Holzer
Caterina Ricci
Emily Schlatter
Jakob Wolters 
Jurek Brüggen

Erich Mendelsohn Preis 2023 
Newcomer Award, Winner Gold

Bauwelt-Preis 2023 

KFW Award Bauen 2020 

DAM Preis 2020
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Nominierung

Best Architects 20 Award 
Gold Winner

Häuser des Jahres 2019, Callwey Verlag

_selected publications (books)
Kleine Häuser, 2023
ISBN 978-3-7667-2668-1

Jahrbuch der Architektur, 2020
ISBN 978-3-946154-51-8

best architects 20,
ISBN 978-3-946021-04-9

Architekturführer Deutschland 2020,
ISBN 978-3-86922-749-8

Urlaubsarchitektur Selection 2019, cover project,
ISBN 978-3-9817367-5-5

Häuser des Jahres 2019,
ISBN 978-3-7667-2425-0

100 Traumhäuser, 2021 
ISBN 978-3-7667-2494-6

Kleine Häuser, 2020
ISBN 978-3-7913-8623-2


Eine Stehlampe exhibited at Lux Feininger und seine Bauhaus Familie, Meisterhäuser, Haus Feiniger, Dessau, 2024 

Eine Stehlampe exhibited at London Design Festival, Vitra Showroom, 2023

Eine Stehlampe exhibited at Vitra House, Weil am Rhein, 2022

Eine Stehlampe exhibited at 3daysofdesign Copenhagen, Vitra Showroom, 2022

_selected clients
uferwerk eG
Wohnungsbau-Genossenschaft “Almark” eG 
Gemeinde Uzwil
Johanniterkomturei Werben e.V.
OFED GmbH  Office for Ecological Developments 


If you have a general request, are interested to collaborate on a project with us or just wanna reach out, please send your inquiry to team@undjb.eu

If you are interested in featuring our work, you can find all relevant information and necessary material on this website / the individual project pages. For requests on interviews and publications, workshops and lectures, or other public formats, please send your inquiry to press@undjb.eu

If you are interested in our practice and would like to join us, we are looking forward to your application. Please send a specific motivation letter and portfolio by mail to job@undjb.eu, or as hard-copy via post. We will contact you, when we have open positions.

Furniture designs by undjurekbrüggen are available at einsundviele.de

Joanna von Essen, Anh Hoffmann, Diana Fügener, Nina Lehrum, Lena Feit, Annemarie Niehaus, Yola Fahdt, Marcus Friede  

undjurekbrüggen baugewerbliche Architektengesellschaft mbH, Register court: Amtsgericht Charlottenburg
HRB 220318 B, Architektenkammer Berlin, AL Nr. KG474

© 2020-2024 undjurekbrüggen



002 Langstall

Werben (Elbe)
David Gössler, Aimée Michelfelder, Emily Schlatter und Jurek Brüggen

The Langstall enables barrier-free, age-appropriate and assisted living in Werben (Elbe). In this way, the town's residents can remain in Werben and in their ancestral environment even in old age. Until now, they had to leave Werben and thus lost their connection to the intact community in the small town.

In the statistical report on population projections by age and gender, it is predicted for the state of Saxony-Anhalt that the proportion of older people in the population will continue to increase. For the district of Stendal, in which Werben is located, the average age is predicted to increase by 2.8 years. At the same time, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) emphasises in a 2022 report that a good social network and community protect older people in particular from loneliness.

The building has already been converted and changed several times in the past. The refurbishment adds another, readable layer of time to this history.

The Langstall was planned in 1897 as a single-storey building. However, it was realised according to plans from the manual "Anweisung für Domänebauten" (Instructions for Domain Buildings) in a two-storey construction with a slight gable roof. Due to the severe deterioration of the upper floor and the roof, which had been progressing for decades, the building was secured in 2015. The city decided to restore the agricultural building to its original form with one storey.

The new roof was not placed on the outer walls but on steel frames. The grid of the steel construction does not take into account the existing building structure in any way, so that in several cases supports and beams are located behind existing openings. The façade also bears witness to insensitive interventions: Some openings were bricked up, others massively enlarged. When new rainwater pipes were laid, the ornamental frieze was also damaged.

On the one hand, the concept of the project provides for maximum preservation of the existing, imperfect building fabric. Only the elementary, formative design elements of the existing structure are reconstructed in a sensitive, contemporary abstraction using recycled materials.

Secondly, a new indepenedent  volume is inserted into the existing structure. This new building consists entirely of recyclable standardised timber elements. The aim of the design is to consider the deconstruction and reuse of the materials already in the planning and construction phase. The structure is designed as an inhabited material warehouse. All materials used are digitally catalogued. As an example of a post-carbon built environment, the building will demonstrably store more CO2 in the form of wood, loose wood wool, biochar and hemp lime than was emitted during construction.

Alongside the gable walls that enclose the building, the roof tiles are removed up to the ridge. Generous, private outdoor spaces with views of the inner courtyard are created. These radical, large openings make it possible to intervene minimally in the remaining listed building fabric and to assemble the prefabricated wooden elements inside.

OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture ammi 

photos by Hannes Heitmüller

_undjurekbrüggen Architekt:innen, team@undjb.eu, +49 157 50971179‬  Gotzkowskystraße 33, D-10555 Berlin und Kirchplatz 6, D-39615 Werben (Elbe), @undjurekbrüggen

undjb Architekt:innen  
+49 157 50971179‬ 
Gotzkowskystraße 33, D-10555 Berlin
Kirchplatz 6, D-39615 Werben (Elbe) @undjb