From an industrial area to a mixed-use, inclusive urban neighborhood!

The new urban quarter "Leben am Sandbachpark" in Ratingen focuses on compactness, diversity and a circular economy. With green open spaces, communal use and a multimodal mobility offering, we are creating a vibrant and climate-friendly environment. Between the cultural axis with a new public transport connection in the north and the Sandbach with the prospect of a park development in the south, the area has great potential for a lively district with a wide range of open spaces and buildings and offer diverse uses that provide added value for residents, nature and the neighboring districts.

We are very happy that our design, that we developed together with urbanegestalt PartGmbB, was selected from four very good entries and are very excited to work together with Landmarken AG on the realization of our vision!

Find more information about the project here


A green, climate-adapted neighborhood for Münster Hiltrup!

Our proposal for a new residential quarter in Münster, which we designed together with nsp landscape architects and ITWH hydraulic engineers, was awarded 2nd place!

Four compact neighborhoods will be created with a large contact area to the open space by green corridors in the interior (Green Delta) and attractively connected to the outside connected through a close-knit network of cycle- & footpaths.

At the heart of the design is a human-centered scale with a rural character in conjunction with an innovative climate adaptation concept and the consistent application of the sponge city principle.

The aim is to minimize the impact on the natural water balance, reduce the use of technical structures, be resilient to heavy rainfall while strengthening biodiversity, reduce heat stress and make the topic of water a liveable experience.

Find more information about the project here


Recognition at the Hessian State Award for Architecture and Urban Development!

Our project "Quartiere im Kreislauf - zwischen Taunus und Frankfurt" was awarded with a recognition in the field of "Grey Infrastructure" at the Hessian State Award for Architecture and Urban Design. We are pleased together with urbanegestalt PartGmbB and hope to be able to collectively move forward with this pioneering project.

Information about 'Quartiere im Kreislauf' and the jury's assessment can be found here

There you can also buy the Sustainability Paper in which all shortlisted projects are published.


2nd Prize MAGNUM-Areal Osnabrück

We are happy to share that together with urbanegestalt we have won the second prize in the cooperative urban design competition.
The task was to transform the area in the east of Osnabrück from a former steel factory into a new, mixed-use urban development, to reopen the area to the public and to integrate it into the open-space-network while increasing the density significantly with approx. 200,000 m2.

Our concept "productive interplay" continues to write the history of the Magnum site in constant change. Three subspaces (water courtyards, forest campus, factory cluster) derive from the site, each with its own independent profile, which form synergies with each other and with the surroundings. The Magnum Mile connects the three neighbourhoods and the adjacent urban spaces to the west and east as a lively backbone of the quarter.

We congratulate Astoc and Greenbox for their winning proposal!

Find more information about the project here.


German Urban Design Award 2023 – Commendation Special Prize for Ecovillage Hannover

We are happy to share that the project Ecovillage got a commendation in the awarding of the special prize of the German Urban Design Award 2023!

Together with studiomauer we designed the masterplan for a neighbourhood in Hannover commissioned by ecovillage hannover eG that aims to make a strong contribution to future-oriented, climate-adapted and socially just urban development.

Based on the cooperative core values of equality, community, sustainability and diversity, around 500 apartments are being built until 2026 on five hectares of land in the Kronsberg district in the east of Hanover.

Find more information about the project here


Our project "ehemaliger Güterbahnhof Köpenick" enters the final phase!

This week the public participation for our project "ehemaliger Güterbahnhof Köpenick" starts. In the past months we have been working intensively with Urbanegestalt and Buro Happold on the revision of our 1st phase design and are very happy to present the progress this week both online and analog at a citizens' workshop.

Our concept "Köpenicker Gleislandschaften" combines high residential quality in difficult locations with the highest sustainability standards and diverse open space qualities. You can view and comment on the drafts online here:

Or come to the citizens' workshop on Thursday 04.05.2023 at 17:30 in the Reinbeckhallen at Reinbeckstraße 11, 12459 Berlin.

We are looking forward to the discussions and talks!


Shortlist Hessian State Prize

Our design for the new district in Frankfurt North-West was named for the shortlist of the Hessian State Prize for Architecture and Urban Design in the section for blue-green infrastructures. We are very happy!

Together with urbanegestalt and on behalf of the City of Frankfurt, we developed the masterplan in 2020-21 addressing circularity on an urban scale and the landscape as the main framework of the built structure.
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The State Prize is awarded by the Hessian Ministry of Finance and the Hesse Chamber of Architects and Urban Planners. More info and a press release of the organizer can be found here.


Innovationspreis2021 for our Recyclinghaus!

Our Recyclinghaus wins the Innovationspreis2021 powered by BFW Landesverband Nord. The fact that our Recyclinghaus in Hanover, Germany was named the winner in the "Sustainability" category, especially because it received a 2/3 majority by the public, makes us proud and shows that we are on the right track. And of course, we'd like to thank all the partners involved who worked with us to make this unique project possible.

You can find more insights about the Recyclinghaus in several great articles:
„Nachhaltiger geht es kaum" by Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung 
Blog post by just authentic GmbH for Bricks Don't Lie
And our website


Blankenburger wins WLA Award 2021

'Blankenburger Süden, Berlin' wins the Merit Award at the World Landscape Architecture Awards 2021, in the category Conceptual – Analysis & Planning.

Blankenburger Süden, a cooperation with Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners, is designated as one of the largest expansion sites for the city of Berlin, covering an area of 150ha and providing up to 6000 new affordable and healthy homes for the people of Berlin. We designed the spatial framework for this area; a circular organization of four new residential areas where the landscape shapes the city.

We thank the team of CITYFÖRSTER and Felixx Landscape for their great work! You can find more information here.


CITYFÖRSTER and FELIXX awarded third prize at the international competition in Duisburg!

In cooperation with the Dutch landscape architects Felixx, we created a design for the site of the old freight yard in Duisburg. Various concepts liberate the area from its island location and integrate the important Loveparade memorial into the quarter. Almost 14 hectares of open space for a better climate, clean air, water management, biodiversity as well as sport, recreation, and community round off the design.

We are very thankful for the high amounts of votes and the acceptance and support we received from the people of Duisburg!


CITYFÖRSTER awarded third place at the Wasserstadt Limmer competition!

In cooperation with the landscape architects Planergruppe Oberhausen and Drewes + Speth (engineers), we created a design for the client JAWA (Jung und Alt am Wasser). The identity-giving neighborhood does justice to the self-set goals of a socially and ecologically sustainable urban development. The ensemble fits into the Wasserstadt Limmer (Germany) in terms of urban planning and design and at the same time enables diverse individual living and community wishes.

The maximum utilization of the available building volume guarantees an economic venture and reduces the to-be-allocated community costs. As a result, more apartments are being built for people who can participate in and contribute to the JAWA community.


Recycling house receives recognition at the prize for wood construction Niedersachsen!

Our recycling house, which has already won several awards, has received recognition at the prize for wood construction Niedersachsen. The experimental house was built from used, recycled, and recyclable components in an eco-friendly way of construction. Circular economy and the reusability of building materials are also current topics in wood construction.

More information about the project is available here, news about the prize for wood construction Niedersachsen here.


Competition won for city expansion in Frankfurt am Main!

We are pleased about the selection of our design for the planned district in Frankfurt Northwest (Germany). Together with Urbane Gestalt (Cologne), we prevailed against six well-known teams with a concept that combines urban growth with the establishment of cycles. The new quarters are being built on compact areas, creating a generous connecting space. The northwest of the planned area remains completely undeveloped. That way, the Taunus foreland becomes a co-productive park for all Frankfurt residents.

More information can be found here.


CITYFÖRSTER awarded second place at the Kronsrode competition!

In cooperation with the landscape architects Planergruppe Oberhausen, a design for 108 residential units in multi-story apartment construction was created for one of the last building lots in the new district Kronsrode / Kronsberg Süd in Hanover, Germany.

The created city block, consisting of 6 residential units and 12 terraced houses, is divided by two incisions that open up to the public street space, whilst creating a spacious inner courtyard. A special feature is the shared "green center" consisting of a children's playground, a place to sit and celebrate, and a community garden in which the residents can grow vegetables, herbs, and berries.

The jury particularly praised the clarity of the design and the bright, friendly, harmonious overall effect.
More information about the project is available here.


1st prize ecovillage Hanover

Together with studiomauer we celebrate the 1st prize at the international competition for the ecovillage in Hanover. Fortunately, our design not only convinced the jury of experts, but also 70% of the future residents! With the development of the ecovillage in Hanover there is a great chance to make an important contribution to future-oriented urban development. Based on the cooperative core values of equality, community, sustainability and diversity, approx. 500 apartments will be built by 2026.

click here for the project and here for the video.


3rd prize for 'Hortus Conclusus', Finanzamt Wuppertal

We are proud to announce that our design for the extension of the Finanzamt Wuppertal, developed in collaboration with Joost Emmerik garden design and research, was awarded the third prize. The jury praised the structural solutions, the high quality of the proposed open spaces both inside the building and in the courtyard, but also the lightness, the clarity and the modern language of the architecture

Our proposal, entitled 'Hortus Conclusus', combines a clear and precise architectural extension with a green inner courtyard in its heart. The outer skin is defined by vertical and horizontal V-shaped terrazzo elements in a green shade, a playful nod to the colour of the famous 'Schwebebahn' which runs adjacent to the building.


Numerous awards for our Recycling house!

Our recycling house has been nominated and awarded with numerous awards. Together with our clients from Gundlach, we are happy about the great recognition. Among other, we received nominations for the Federal Ecodesign Award, the DAM Award 2021, and were proposed for submission for the EUMiesAward. Additionally, we were also shortlisted for the Lower Saxony State Prize for Architecture. We also received the "Special Sustainability Award" at the German Facade Award 2020 as well as a recognition from the BUNDESPREIS UMWELT UND BAUEN, which was awarded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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CITYFÖRSTER, BUROMOSA and LOLA Landscape Architects among the finalists for the design of the New Tirana City Hall

CITYFÖRSTER and BUROMOSA, together with LOLA Landscape Architects, are among the finalists for the design of the New Tirana City Hall. The international team is completed by Transsolar as sustainability and alternative energy specialist, imagine structure as civil engineer, GAD as cost manager and quantity surveyor, and Elian Stefa as cultural heritage expert.

Designing the New City Hall is the occasion to re-shape a home for the current and future communities, representing the values of the people of Tirana. In addition to the jury evaluation, there is also a public vote, help us win by voting on


Lower Saxonian State Prize for Architecture 2020: Recycling House shortlisted!

Hanover: on June 17th, the State Prize Jury evaluated the 71 applications submitted for the topic "Living - future-oriented, climate-friendly!" Under the chairmanship of the Augsburg architect Titus Bernhard, the jury agreed on twelve objects for the shortlist. The recycling house made it into the next round! In the next step, the projects are inspected on site in order to determine nominations and finally to select the winning project.

More informations


Runner-up in the competition for 'Poolplatz', Merzenich

How can public space and urban design open up new perspectives for town and villages in transition? Merzenich, a small town close to Hambach - one of the last and largest surface mines of Europe - is deeply affected by the Energy Transition. Icw RWE, 12 offices were invited to develop a strategy for re-valuation of Poolplatz and its surroundings, a former town square that has served as a parking for the past decades.
While we didn't win the competition, the Jury speaks highly about the distinct programmatic additions and the skillful spatial organization of what they expect to be a lively space with a strong identity anchored in the evocative history of the place.

Congratulations to the winners LILL + SPARLA with Stefan Schmitz, Cologne and fellow runner-ups LAND and luchterhand!

Project in collaboration with Simone de Bergh and Laura-Kristine Bergman of Mareld Landscape


TopTen in Urban Design!

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Annually, the renowned German Architectural platform Competitionline publishes its ranking of most successful offices, based on the number of won competitions and tenders. We're proud to announce that CITYFÖRSTER is steadily working it's way up and has reached the sixth position in the category urban planning, after our 11th position last year!

Many thanks to our great team! We're proud that our often challenging and stubborn proposals are gaining traction and look forward to creating better places with our valued clients!


Embassy Residences win SHARE Future Project Award

This Tuesday, our project Embassy Residences was awarded the SHARE Future Projects Awards in Tirana. The jury appreciated the sustainable character of the project, as well as its' architectural merits.

Delivery of the project is scheduled for the end of this year, more information can be found on the project page.


2. place in the competition "Munich North-East“

The corks were popping, the „Weißbier" flowing, breakfast in blue and white!
We're proud that, together with freiwurf LA and urbanegestalt, we have reached the 2nd place in the urbanistic competition in the north-east of Munich. 
The design, which is strongly influenced by the landscape, cautiously extends the outskirts of the city and plays with the contrasts of old and new. Dense, urban and mixed centres are created along existing infrastructures. A sustainable city of short distances, with car-free zones, diverse neighborhoods and diverse green areas.


CITYFÖRSTER wins competition in Potsdam

Our urban design for the mountain quarter in Krampnitz, Potsdam, prevailed against the competition and now we celebrate our success! Shaped by the landscape, a green quarter is being created, which is characterized by the interplay of small-scale and varied density as well as disperse private and public open spaces. The historical structure provides the location with its basic order. Variously combined new forms of living with a strong reference to open space react to the diversified housing needs of the 21st century.

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Lune Delta has been awarded with DGNB-Platinum!

At this year's Expo Real, the Lune Delta industrial estate was awarded the German Sustainable Building Council's (DGNB) pre-certificate with the highest award level (platinum) for its sustainable development planning.

In line with the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, the Lune Delta forms an economic structure that brings design, ecological and social added value even after the end of its useful life.

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CITYFÖRSTER and KCAP win international competition in Bratislava, Slovakia

Rotterdam, 25 September 2019 - CITYFÖRSTER, in collaboration with KCAP, has won the competition to design a new cultural district for Bratislava. The ambitious project includes a state-of-the-art concert and congress venue which will become a new landmark for the city

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Recognition competition Water town Limmer

We are pleased about a recognition at the competition Water town Limmer, awarded by the  Wasserstadt Limmer Projektentwicklung Gmbh and the Landeshauptstadt Hannover.

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Masterplan Federal District Bonn

We are pleased about the successful completion of the design workshop for the further development of the federal district in Bonn: Our masterplan was selected as winner of the cooperative procedure with four participating teams! Here is the press release of the city of Bonn.


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

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.


1st prize in the competition "New District Freiburg / Dietenbach" – currently one of the largest urban developments in Germany

CITYFÖRSTER architecture + urbanism and FELIXX Landscape Architects & Planners, supported by freiwurf LA and R+T Traffic Planning, are selected for the development of Dietenbach, a new urban district of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. This new district is located at the edge of the city center, covering an area of 100ha, supposed to house up to 14.000 inhabitants in 5.500 new dwellings. Out of 28 high-profile international teams, 4 teams are selected and commissioned to elaborate their plans.


District Landscape Dietenbach


"New in the club" appointment of Arne Hansen to the Association of German Architects

We are very pleased with the appointment of Arne Hansen to the Association of German Architects. Together with 10 more "newcomers", he will present himself and his architectural position at the Pecha-Kucha evening on 30 June 2017 in Münster. The Pecha Kucha evening will be the start of the 13th BDA meeting, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017, under the slogan "The city I need - the city I love" with lectures , discussions and walks as well as the award of the Grand BDA Prize 2017 to the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

30.6.2017, 20.00
Dominikanerkirche, Salzstraße 10, 48143 Münster


BDA Award for the Residential Crown - an experimental housing project for level of settlement 2.0

Cityförster wins BDA Award max45 - Young Architects in Lower Saxony for the Residential Crown - an experimental housing project for level of settlement 2.0. As an extension of the car park the project densifies the city centre with penthouses in a first class location and enhances the commercial district of Hanover with additional functions. This transformation of the car park that was in need of redevelopment increases the resilience of the property for the future and provides new apartments without sealing additional surfaces. On Architecture Day on June 25, 2017 the Residential Crown we invite you to visit the Residential Crown on Windmühlenstraße in Hanover.


Government District Beijing. 1. prize

Cityförster as a member of the transdisciplinary team "Water Hannover" with the Chinese Academy for Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) wins one of the three first competition prizes for the new government district of the Chinese capital Beijing. The new government district in Tongzhou will be built in course of Beijing's fusion with the cities of Tianjin and Hebei.


"Gold" for "FOUR"!

The housing project "FOUR" of Gundlach GmbH & Co. KG was awarded the Gold Award in the category "Residential" in the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence International as an exemplary neighborhood development. The competition of the "International Real Estate Federation" (FIABCI) in co-operation with the Federal Association of the Free Housing Company (BFW) is regarded as the "Oscars of the property world". The jury was impressed by the various residential styles combined with a very high degree of sustainability. CITYFÖRSTER has designed three of the eight residential buildings together with gruppeOMP.


2nd prize. Competition Neigbourhood Hilligenwöhren

Together with Keferstein+Sabljo Architekten we are happy about the second prize in the non-open competition for 70 Apartments in Hannover-Bothfeld.

The jury says: The design varies in interesting ways a perimeter block with finely tuned proportions. The opening with a semi-public space and the adjusting common functions are welcoming and foster communication and interaction...
The generous access balconies offer private niches as well as common openings, which, depending on the season, extend the apartments and become vivid meeting points. Two open spaces with very different qualities are generated – semi-public and sheltered.


Berlin Award 2016, Heimat in der Fremde. Nomination

With their project "Refuge and Encounter in Laer" CITYFÖRSTER and Mark Niehüser are nominated for the Berlin Award 2016 - Heimat in der Fremde. The award ceremony takes place in the former airport Tempelhof. As part of the Refugee Housing Database, the project will also be shown in the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Exhibition: 06/15/2016 – 06/28/2016
Alte Zollgarage im Flughafen Tempelhof
Columbiadamm 10, Gebäude D2, 12101 Berlin

Architecture Biennale: 05/28 – 11/27/2016
German Pavilion


2nd prize. Competition for the District School Altona, Hamburg

We are pleased to win the 2nd prize in the competition for the District School Altona in Hamburg together with our cooperation partners of bof architects.


2nd prize. International competition Primary and Comprehensive School Helios, Cologne

We are happy to receive the 2nd prize in the non-open design competition for Primary and Comprehensive School Helios in Cologne Ehrenfeld as a result of a successful cooperation with bof architects and urbane gestalt landscape architects. The jury especially appreciated "the optimal implementation of educational objectives in the design".


Initiative "Future City" chooses "Residential Crown Carpark" as best-practice!

The initiative "Future City" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research shows examples of sustainable urban redevelopments. We are pleased that our renovation project "Residential crown Carpark" in Hanover was chosen as best practice: "The project is an example of the plans of many local authorities to revalue their neighborhoods with innovative ideas and concepts for the city of tomorrow."


Price for Conservation

The project Family Villa has been awarded by the Savings Bank Foundation with an award for heritage conservation – we are happy for the owners and residents!

The Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation awards the Price for Conservation 2014 for the 15th time. The prize is worth 75.000€. This year, 17 monuments are awarded a prize, in total 60 owners had applied: "The Price for Conservation honors the private commitment that owners apply for the preservation of historic monuments. The winning monument owners are noteworthy examples. They impress with extraordinary personal commitment, exemplary restoration and development of remarkable concepts of use, "said Michael Heinrich Schormann, Deputy Managing Director of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation.


3rd prize „Mehrzweckhalle Mastbrook“

CITYFÖRSTER wins the 3rd prize in the two-phase open competition „Mehrzweckhalle Mastbrook" in Rendsburg, Germany. The community center combined with sports hall is characterized by a compact building envelope with an economic footprint. The building attains efficiency by layering functions and multiple-shift usage. The Jury compliments the multifarious open public space and the skillful structured proportions of the building volume as well as its good energy balance.