Sonnenhaus: model apartment opened in Wernigerode's most innovative GWW building

Construction and housing company Wernigerode mbH

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  • Wernigerode construction and housing company starts renting the Sonnenhaus
  • OBM Wernigerode: “The most unusual architectural ensemble in our city impresses both inside and out”

Architecture that follows the sun, spacious loft-style apartments, an autonomous alternative energy supply that reduces additional costs: potential tenants can now experience all this in the new GWW Sonnenhaus in Wernigerode Pappelallee. The opening of the model apartment in the Sonnenhaus on April 3, 2024 sparked enthusiasm among the first potential tenants and representatives of the municipal corporation. House designer Carolin Richter has designed a 3-room apartment whose furniture and furnishing examples leave nothing to be desired and awaken dreams of life.

Tobias Kascha, OBM Wernigerode, about the project: “The Sonnenhaus is certainly the most unusual architectural ensemble in our city today, but it is convincing inside and out. It shows me how the future of our life can be combined from interesting way with alternative energy sources. Maximum use of sunlight leads to new apartment designs and technical building solutions that impress.

Tobias Kascha praised GWW's initiative to stick to the plan even in times of crisis. “The city is proud of its daughter, who, after 18 years, is building a new building. And not just any building, but an innovative step into the future. The benefits for future tenants are obvious. The Sun always provides heat and electricity at the same price. As a city, we support sustainable projects in every way. And we look forward to imitators.”

In this sense, he also expressed himself Immo Kramer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GWW: “As a supervisory board, we have supported the Sonnenhaus project from the beginning. And we will also positively support GWW's other visionary projects.” Immo Kramer also suggested looking at the energy balance of the solar house from a certain distance in order to be able to draw lessons for other projects in the city.

“The groundbreaking ceremony will take place in January 2023, the topping out ceremony will take place in December and the model apartment will now be ready and rentals will begin in April 2024.” Christian Zeigermann, Managing Director of GWW is pleased that the construction of the solar house is progressing quickly and that everything is going according to plan: “In Pappelweg there was a conventional house from the 1950s with coal heating. Our “solar house” is now under construction on this site, which describes the future of construction in Wernigerode. Half-timbered houses, “buildings from the 1950s, prefabricated buildings as well as new houses with energy architecture will shape the urban landscape of the Harz metropolis in the near future”, the GWW managing director is convinced.

“With the Sonnenhaus, we want, as a municipal subsidiary, to be a pioneer in Wernigerode,” continued the GWW managing director. The building will guarantee stable and secure additional costs, largely independent of current market prices. In the Sonnenhaus there would be 15 residential units of different sizes with 2-4 room apartments for different target groups of tenants. Multigenerational living is a priority. “The young take care of the old and the old can support the young. » That's the concept, says Christian Zeigermann.

“The building is a combination of solar thermal energy for water preparation and photovoltaics for electricity production. And the heat is generated via wood pellets and buffer storage,” explained Christian Zeigermann, director general of GWW.

When it comes to new buildings, GWW now prioritizes energy concepts. Given current energy policy discussions and rising prices, this is urgently needed.

Other modern technologies are also used in the solar house. Each parking space can have an electrical connection. A shared bicycle storage room with electronic connections for e-bikes is also planned. The architecture is also interesting. It tracks the maximum use of the sun's energy.

It also requires an extraordinary architectural language. The roof slope is oriented strictly to the southwest for maximum sun absorption. This gives the building its exciting shape.

The task of furnishing the GWW model apartment was also exciting for them. Visual marketing specialist, Carolin Richter, from “Wohnjuwel – Home Staging” by Aken an der Elbe (S/A), as she puts it. The alternative energy housing project inspired her to use light tones, wood and lots of natural experiments with plants and greenery in the rooms of the model apartment.

The theme of health and sustainability is also part of this for her. It determines in particular the furniture, e.g. B. the large living-dining room, the bathroom and the bedroom. She designed the third living room as a multifunctional room, including a workstation and additional sleeping space. It can therefore be used as a home office, guest room or even for children, which is very popular today.

Except for the kitchen furniture, everything is real furniture, she says. Textiles and lighting moods in all rooms create emotionality and increase the imagination of how one can live in these rooms. Thanks to her seven years of experience in home staging, Carolin Richter knows that stylishly furnished model apartments “create more interest, make the rental process easier and shorter, and trigger more vivid imagination in customers as well as the security of choosing the right apartment”.

“The progress of the construction of the solar house has already generated a lot of interest in Wernigerode. We can now also present the interior of the house via the model apartment,” says one person happily. Leon Seltitz, owner of GWW. He sees the Sonnenhaus as an example of how GWW can attract new target groups of tenants. “Environmentally friendly living with significantly lower additional costs. And for people open to novelty in their apartment plans. Current demand extends to all generations,” he reports. “The accessibility, the energy concept, the open kitchens, the terraces, balconies or loggias in each apartment and the parking spaces for residents are well received in the Sonnenhaus,” continues Leon Seltitz. If necessary, he now explains the concept of space and energy of the solar house, from the ground floor to the duplexes under the roof, during viewing appointments. It is his pleasure to bring such an exceptional and exciting GWW property to market.

GWW in brief

The construction and housing company Wernigerode mbH, a subsidiary of the city of Wernigerode, manages around 3,000 homes with a total living space of 176,000 square meters in the Harz metropolis. The apartments are located, among other places, in the residential districts of Altstadt, Burgbreite, Stadtfeld, Harzblick and in the district of Benzingerode. Around 7,500 of the approximately 34,000 inhabitants of Wernigerode live with the GWW. The GWW also operates 28 commercial units, including a café, the Wernigeröder Volkslichtspiele cinema, the Princely Marstall, the Krummelsche Haus and the medical center at Platz des Friedens. A new addition is a creative loft with coworking spaces. At the same time, she is the builder of the new August Hermann Francke primary school in Wernigerode.

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Original content from: Association for Building and Housing Wernigerode mbH, transmitted by news aktuell

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