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.  


Gotzkowskystraße 33
10555 Berlin

future office
Kirchplatz 6
39615 Werben (Elbe)

+49 157 50971179

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

Christian Cotting
Joana von Essen
Seida Feldheim
Patrick Holzer 
Jakob Wolters 
Jurek Brüggen

Furniture that Moves, ETH Zürich,
17.11.2021, Querformat  

und Architektur, TU Darmstadt, 27.10.2022, ENB Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Nachhaltiges Bauen

_selected awads
KFW Award Bauen 2020,

DAM Preis 2020
DeutschesArchitekturmuseum, Nominierung

Best Architects 20 Award,
Gold Winner

Häuser des Jahres 2019,
Callwey Verlag, Anerkennung

Contributor, Jahreszeitenhaus, Häuser des Jahres 2020, DAM Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, 2020

Contributor, Eine Stehlampe, Vitra House, Weil am Rhein, 2022

Contributor, Eine Stehlampe 3daysofdesign Copenhagen, Vitra Showroom

_selected publications (books)
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

_selected publications (magazines)
trans magazin,
36 Spannung 


Cube Select,

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 collaborate@undjb.eu, or as hard-copy via post. We will contact you, when we have open positions.

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.

Furniture designs by undjurekbrüggen are available at einsundviele.de

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

© 2022 undjurekbrüggen



034 Einfamilienhaus-Haus

Werder (Havel)
Marcus Friede, David Gössler, Aimée Michelfelder, Jakob Wolters und Jurek Brüggen

In many eastern German cities with shrinking populations, empty prefabricated buildings are being completely demolished in order to build a few new, detached single-family houses. In Stendal in particular, thousands of flats were demolished and replaced by sprawling estates of detached houses.

For an ecological and socially just turnaround in building, however, the reduction of demolition, construction waste and land sealing and urban sprawl is inevitable. Existing buildings with the grey energy stored in them must be used, renovated or converted as far as possible. This is countered by the dream of an individual, new single-family home, which is cherished by more than 63% of Germans. How can these positions be reconciled? Can existing prefabricated buildings be converted so that they have all the qualities of a single-family home?Undjurekbrüggen and the architecture collective OFEA have developed a prototype with the Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft Altmark eV based on a future vacant building. It is a building of the residential building series 70 (WBS70), which form the largest proportion of industrially constructed prefabricated housing in Germany.

The existing building will be preserved as far as possible and will only be demolished 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. 

in collaboration with OFEA Office for Ecological Architecture

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

undjurekbrüggen Architektengesellschaft 
+49 157 50971179‬ 
Gotzkowskystraße 33, D-10555 Berlin
Kirchplatz 6, D-39615 Werben (Elbe) @undjurekbrueggen