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

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



034 Einfamilienhaus-Haus

Christian Cotting, David Gössler, Aimée Michelfelder, Jakob Wolters und Jurek Brüggen

The situation seems absurd: tens of thousands of flats in prefabricated buildings in Eastern Germany are being destroyed to make way for a few single-family houses. In many eastern German cities with shrinking populations like Stendal, Frankfurt (Oder), Wittenberge and others empty prefabricated buildings are being completely demolished in order to build a few new, detached single-family houses. In Stendal alone, more than 6,000 flats in prefabricated slab buildings were demolished between 2000 and 2013, including an entire city district (Stendal South). By 2050, 1,000 more flats in prefabricated buildings are to follow.

If one considers the ecological consequences of this demolition policy, the scope of this development becomes clear. According to the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DHU), more than 14,000 buildings are demolished in Germany every year. Of the construction waste, only a vanishingly small proportion can be recycled and reused in building construction, so that the construction industry generates around 230 million tonnes of construction waste each year through demolition alone - more than half of all German waste. The grey energy invested during construction is lost. The built city should be understood as a gigantic CO2 reservoir.

In addition to the energy issue, land sealing also represents an immense ecological consequential damage of building. Due to its low urban density, the typology of the single-family house inevitably promotes further urban sprawl and additionally leads to an increased volume of traffic.

In Germany alone, 160 square kilometres of soil are sealed every year, which is roughly equivalent to the area of Potsdam. Sealed soils lose their quality as a biodiverse habitat and as an ecological compensation and infiltration area.

Concerns about the climate and biodiversity are countered by the dream of the detached single-family house, which is still cherished by more than 63% of Germans. How can these positions be reconciled? Can there be a single-family house in an apartment building - a single-family house? And - to return to the starting point - can existing prefabricated buildings be converted to offer all the qualities of a single-family house? Can the Germans' most popular form of housing have an ecological future?

With the support of local politicians and stakeholders, OFEA developed an exemplary preliminary plan for a building in Stendal owned by the Wohnungsbau-Genossenschaft Altmark eV (WBGA)  that will be vacant in the future. The building is a WBS70 type of prefabricated housing. This housing series constitutes the largest share of industrially constructed prefabricated housing in Germany.

The mayor (Bastian Sieler, SPD) the representative in the state parliament (Juliane Kleemann, SPD) of the district and the representative in the federal parliament of the district (Dr. Herbert Wollmann, SPD) support the project. The WBGA has commissioned OFEA with the design planning for the building.   

The existing building will be preserved as far as possible and will only be partly dismantled from above. The resulting roof areas will become gardens. Several smaller flats are combined into houses over two storeys each. The measures follow the constructive logic of the serial, joined slab building. Existing openings in the slabs, as well as all staircases, will be retained and only partially added to. In the basement, ground floor and first floor there are 8 row houses with private gardens in the courtyard. The room height of the garden-facing living spaces extends over two storeys with a clear room height of over 5 metres. The upper houses are reached through two open, vertical streets with a new lift and open staircase. The buildings are entered via front gardens. The gardens with covered terraces are located behind the houses on the roofs of the row houses. Four more single-family houses with gardens on the roofs form the upper end on the 4th floor.

The fully greened roofs compensate for the sealed floor area and continue the green district on the terraced roofs of the building. The east and west façades and parapet areas can be covered with white photovoltaic panels in the grid of prefabricated panels, so that the building supplies itself with climate-neutral energy over the course of the year.

The result is a dense yet spacious and green residential structure that combines all the qualities of single-family homes in an urban context. Compared to a typical single-family housing estate, there will be 60% more residential units and 260% more public space - with 26% less sealing. The urban structure of Soviet modernism with detached buildings in green spaces is preserved, repaired and re-used. The grey energy in the building is preserved and demolition prevented. The most popular form of housing in Germany, the single-family house, may yet have a future in an ecological world.

OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture

photos by Alexander Paul Brandes

visualisations by studio.pabst

collages by ammi

_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