Modersohn & Freiesleben—Reality
20 years of building in Berlin, all across Germany, and elsewhere: the new monograph by renowned Berlin-based architects Modersohn & Freiesleben
1st edition, 2020
Text in English and German
216 pages, 65 color and 6 b/w illustrations and plans
17 x 24 cm
When Antje Freiesleben and Johannes Modersohn opened their own Berlin-based firm Modersohn & Freiesleben Architekten in 1994, the city, which had been divided until 1989, needed to be repaired and re-united. The Potsdamer Platz train station and the office block in the Beisheim Centre in Ebertstrasse, close to this central and now revitalized location, are two significant projects that were designed by the firm in the prevalent spirit of urban renewal of those years.
After the millennium, the architects further honed their approach: whether in the city or the countryside, Modersohn & Freiesleben consistently develop the character of their projects in terms of the site, the materials, the construction, and the lives of their clients. Their deliberate engagement with the given environment while simultaneously aiming at an inventive individuality has created an architecture that ensures their houses are functional objects that combine sustainability with aesthetics.
This new monograph features twelve built houses alongside other projects from the last two decades. They are located in Berlin, Brandenburg, Sweden, and Canada.
With contributions by Hans van der Heijden, Falk Jaeger, Ijoma Mangold, Katrin von Maltzahn & Jan Svenungsson, Oda Pälmke, Joachim Sartorius and Tobias Zepter
Johannes Modersohn graduated from Technische Universität Berlin and co-founded Modersohn & Freiesleben in Berlin in 1994. He has been a professor at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern since 2008 and a board member of AIV, the Association of Architects and Engineers in Berlin, since 2019.
Antje Freiesleben graduated from Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste and co-founded Modersohn & Freiesleben in Berlin in 1994. She has been teaching as a professor of building design at Universität Siegen since 2017 and as visiting professor at Università di Bologna in 2018/19.