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There is another way.

This is also true for architecture and urban planning, if we understand both as parts of systems. We think of designing, planning, and building as team work enabling the best ideas to prevail. For this reason CITYFÖRSTER works as a partnership supported by an interdisciplinary network. With you we develop better solutions for working and learning, housing and living.


On the Kronsberg in Hanover, a residential building is created as a recycling house: The building is made of recycled (reused) and recyclable (reusable) components in recycling-fair construction (use and disassembly of the components without loss of quality). The components should come from local sources.

The building is built on a foundation of recycled concrete and foam glass gravel in a glue-free solid wood construction. Façades, windows and the interior are "harvested" from other demolition projects, and reinstalled after a revision. Individual objects are saved before disposal and recycled as Readymade.

The construction industry is one of the largest waste producers and energy consumers. The research project Recyclinhouse provides an important contribution to the sustainability discourse of the construction sector. When looking at energy efficiency, not only the energy consumption of a building in operation is important, but also the gray energy that goes along with the construction of the building. Both product and material recycling will play an increasingly important role in the future.


09. Jul. 2018

on 6.7.2018 the topping-out ceremony at the recycling house was celebrated.
In addition to a small exhibition on used and recycled materials, guests had the opportunity to view some of the previously installed used materials such as to see an 8m high oak wall made of historic beams and a steel staircase made of former window substructures.

From the crown corks collected at the topping-out ceremony, a wall covering will later be produced for the restroom.

Recyclinghaus – Highest Point!
22. Jun. 2018

From the former House of Youth in Hanover-Linden used window and facade elements are removed and reworked to be installed in the recycling house. The construction method required a planning process that was changed in order: not from the bodyshell to the fitting component, but vice versa. For example, from the "harvested" window element for determining the shell opening.

Recyclinghouse - The harvest of the building components
06. Jun. 2018

As part of the invited Buchholzer Grün competition, CITYFÖRSTER was awarded first prize for three residential buildings and second prize for a chain of row houses.

We now look forward to contributing to the future development of the former site of the Oststadt Hospital in Hanover Buchholz.

1.+2. prize for the competition Buchholzer Grün in Hanover

The project is based on three aspects: 1. future megatrends, 2. strengthening a sustainable society via social equality, healthy environment, and qualitative economic growth, 3. participation along with reflective, visionary guidance as the basis for effective and flexible developments. High velocity train and ferry connections will enhance the position of the Øresund Region as interface between Central, Northern and Baltic Europe. The development concept for the Øresund Region itself combines two main structures: the Metrosund, an association of nine cities encircling the Sund, and the Ørezones, nine sub-regional areas. Each Metrosund-City and Ørezone is given a unique profile based on existing characteristics and demands of the aforementioned megatrends, generating regional identity and global competence. Within the hinterland networks of SMESTOs (Small and MEdium sized TOwns) give a flavour of the local qualities. One key agency will guide the development process: Øresund Visionary Guidance, a multidisciplinary, independent, cross-border task force working closely with the people of the Øresund Region.