• Green, greener, Pelikan

    The design sets the urban development capstone for the Pelikanviertel. The original factory premises, the Neikes buildings, the FOUR and the "green, greener PELIKAN" - each stand alone and at the same time relate to each other. The self-similarity of the five buildings creates a strong, characterful unit that responds individually to its neighborhood. Each of the five L-shaped buildings consists of a two-piece "bar" and a "head", which is formed by the accentuation of the high points by means of pyramid-like roofs and represents the prelude to the quarter. The roofs allow the maximum utilization of the plots and increase the recognition value. The range of uses offers variety - from green living, or mansard apartments with roof gardens, to hybrid studio apartments, to a variety of forms of use on the ground floor, which gives the street a unique character. The green oases in the courtyards provide a retreat and are the centerpiece of the design. Intensive greening of the balconies and facades form vertical gardens and, in addition to privacy, sun and noise protection, provide high-quality open space with privacy despite relatively dense development.

    completed
    2018
  • Gymnasium Lutherschule

    The draft envisages an extension of the Lutherschule through a powerful and independent structure, which fits into the existing block structure and self-confidently positions itself to the Engelbosteler Damm.
    The five-storey building forms in a modern and contemporary architectural language a clearly perceptible address, while radiating openness and transparency. At the same time, the indented ground floor facade with its striking brick arches creates a spacious and covered entrance area.
    The central organizational idea is the clustering and self-evident stacking of the different areas of use:
    The communal areas are located on the ground floor, the creative areas on the 1st floor, the natural sciences on the 2nd floor and the grade clusters on the two upper floors. As in the floors below, the classrooms are grouped around a central communication zone that creates additional learning venues with niches and open areas.

     

    Idea
    2018
  • Buchholzer Green

    The development of Buchholzer Grün creates a residential area in an attractive location. The five-storey and the four-storey apartment buildings in combination with ten three-storey townhouses form the northern opening of the new quatier. The three new buildings develop a powerful, own identity, which incorporate the urban connection to the surrounding city districts and the neighbouring Podbielskistraße. The rhythmization in the height development as well as the verticality through the overlapping windows and balconies in the clinker facade are central design principles. The change of material makes the entrance areas clearly recognizable and at the same time they fit into the overall structure of the facades. The result is a robust, unpretentious and solid figure. The multi-storey housing units impress with an exciting mix of tenements and condominiums in different sizes, while the townhouses offer a small type of building as well as a large one and enable parking inside the house.

     

    in progress
    2018
  • Recycling house

    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.

     

    under construction
    2018
  • District Landscape Dietenbach

    The new "District Landscape Dietenbach" sets high standards for its completeness and its autonomy. It does not see itself as a mere settlement on the outskirts, but as a densification of diverse spatial and urban elements such as districts, boulevard, center, neighborhoods, junctions, landscape as well as building structures and programs - condensed and superimposed - they merge to a vibrant district, which is independent in his structure and at the same time integrated into the larger urban context and landscape. Four individual districts are oriented towards two large open spaces that flow through the new district as well as to the large landscape scenery of Freiburg. In addition to the small-scale road network, the boulevard connects the districts. Here you will find a variety of divers usable squares, which stand for urban openness and provide orientation. A new center serves as a local supply center and common reference point with symbolic centrality.

     

    in progress
    2018
  • Neue Schule Wolfsburg

    The existing buildings of the former Hermann-Löns-School in Wolfsburg will be expanded to include a new building for the secondary school. The new building will be connected by an existing corridor. The aim of the design is not only a respectful treatment of the existing architecture, but also its logical and consistent continuation. The comb-like structure of the existing school building is continued on ground floor to the north. The space in-between can be seen as the "common center" or the "heart" of the school: a three-storey open space. This main gathering place connects all floors vertically and correlates them spatially. At the same time, the building opens up horizontally: Generous glass surfaces and entrance situations open up the ground floor to the city in the north and to the school yard and park landscape of Klieversbergs in the south. Like that fluid transitions between inside and outside are created.

    completed
    2016
    Heinrich-Heine-Straße 36
    38440 Wolfsburg
    Germany
  • Residential Crown Carpark Windmühlenstraße

    The residential crown is a prototype of settlement 2.0. Rooftops of retail and office buildings as well as parking garages are activated, attractive locations are opened up, existing infrastructures are used more efficiently and the mixture of programs in the city center is improved. The existing parking garage is complemented with penthouses as part of the renovation of façade and entrance area. These residential units distinguish formally from the existing building structure and simultaneously give the building a harmonious completion. Entrances and circulation of the building have been reorganized so that independent addresses for the car park and the residential building are clearly recognizable. The residential building is accessed (barrier-free) via a representative lobby on the ground floor with exclusive elevators that lead directly to the central, landscaped residential courtyard. The residential units are accessible from this common space. Each apartment (50 to 120m²) has a spacious, private terrace overlooking the rooftops of the city.

    completed
    2015
    Windmühlenstraße 3
    30159 Hannover
    Germany
  • Perspektivplan. Spatial Vision Freiburg

    Freiburg is a growing city where more and more people want to live. How can the city continue to be developed in a sustainable way? The Perspectivplan elaborates spatial development options for the City of Freiburg in the next 10 to 15 years. In the course of designing, built-up areas and open spaces are conceived and developed together. Based on a differentiated (GIS)-structure analysis, so far undetected potentials are made visible, development strategies are pointed out and by means of scenarios a future spatial image with a complementary structure plan is generated. The project has been developed in a cooperative process with stakeholders, the municipality, politics and the public.

    www.perspektivplan-freiburg.de

    in progress
    since 2014
    Berliner Allee 1
    79114 Freiburg im Breisgau
    Germany
  • Lune Delta°... designed as closed-loop cycles

    Taking into account the Cradle to Cradle philosophy, the Lune Delta forms an economic structure that provides design, ecological and social contribution even after the end of its period of use. The sustainable commercial area is based on the following principles: 1. integral: The structure fits into existing overall structures, arises and also benefits from them. 2. demand-oriented: Different requirements are covered by the initial cluster. The system of ditches forms its own ecosystem and areas for Commons are implemented. 3. diverse: Open space systems and the special sector mix resolve the contradiction between commercial use and landscape and contribute to creative and social diversity. 4.circular: Buildings, open space and infrastructures operate as material cycles. They support technical or biosphere principles and adapt functionally and in design. 5. sustainable: The use of renewable energies is a hybrid system, which is locally, infrastructurally and formally connected. 6. orchestated: The cooperative Development Company Lune-Delta controls processes, ensures synergies and promotes communication.

    in progress
    2017
    Luneplate
    27572 Bremerhaven
    Deutschland
  • Cape Square Durres

    The design of the square is based on the natural coastline of Albania which can be described as a sequence of capes. Our aim was to provide Durres with a place making public space that captures these characteristics of the city. The site is divided in three parts which strengthen the identity of the waterfront: The park, the square and the urban cape. The Park with the green beds and local trees supports the uniqueness of Durres and is easy in maintenance. The Square connects the promenade and the urban cape. By using a specific paving pattern made of a local natural stone it invites people to slow down and stay. The cape divides two waterfronts with a different identity and provides a destination for flaneurs on the promenade. It allows to watch both the sunset and as the sunrise on its two shoulders. Following the geographical and ecological conditions 'Cape Square' is seen from far away and invites to climb as play. It has quickly become a touristic attraction and is known as 'The Sphinx' all over Albania.

    completed
    2015
  • Pelikan Mix⁴

    The project PELIKAN MIX4 is characterized by a variety of dwelling types according to urban lifestyles. Within an urban master plan four distinctive characteristics are developed:
    A landscape tableau is the connecting element, forming an entrée for the private, semi-public and public spaces. Generous lobbies in each house compose a discrete identity and a space of encounters. A great flexibility in the floor plans allows a variety of different apartments in size and type. According to society demands, the types "wellness", "sustainable", "extravagant" and "comfortable" are developed. They differ in constellation of rooms, material, building equipment and the offer of outdoor spaces. So called "Glorietten" crown the buildings and optimize light, spatial peculiarity and views.

    completed
    2016
    Günther-Wagner-Allee
    30177 Hannover
    Germany
  • Kurt-Schumacher-Quarter "Open Wild Tegel"

    The impressive wide heath landscape of Tegel forms the identity-creating heart of the new district. It is "wide, open, wild and free". This landscape is shaped by a vivid seam, that maximizes the contact surface to the landscape. Schools, kindergardens and public squares activate this space. Here one can play, learn, rest and socialize. A variety of building typologies characterizes the district and offers a great diversity of programs. Residential buildings increase towards the seam, while offices and retail are more likely to be found at the well accessible edges. In Tegel one can find bigger and smaller buildings with panoramic views or gardens, intimacy or openness.

    Idea
    2016
    Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 38
    13405 Berlin
    Deutschland
  • The Rubber House

    The Rubber House as a price winning project in the Eenvoud/ Simplicity competition was selected to be built in Almere, Netherlands, as one of 12 experimental housing projects. In volume and style inspired by the simple and archetypal Dutch barn architecture the Rubberhouse forms a simple asymmetric double pitched roof inhabiting 2 storeys, in combination with a single pitch roof with one storey. The resource saving construction consists of massive wood panels from cross-laminated timber. The outer walls and the roof surface are clad with black EPDM foil. In contrast to that the atmosphere of the inside is characterized by the natural warm surface of the massive wooden walls. The utilization concept proposes small private rooms in favour of a generous open plan living area. Clear lines of sight through the entire building support the robust, open space sequence and allow visual connections into the adjacent forest. The living room can be expanded via the large sliding glass doors onto the terrace. The high degree of prefabrication allowed for a building period of only three months.

    completed
    2011
    De Eenvoud 15
    1319 Almere
    Netherlands
  • House 1

    House 1 is the first built project of the masterplan 'mirror twins'. On top of a shared commercial ground floor a green link connects the site with the close-by park. The two seperate buildings connected by the common plinth are generating an enormous amount of requested square meters. Rather massive volumes are perforated by a series of programmatic voids that connect to a common circulation space, an inner void. The much needed public space is integrated into the building by creating a second entry level and reinterpreting the circulation space. The engraving appearance
    of House 1 refers to the typical salient facades of Tirana. Multiple tilted strips create a rich play of light and shadow.

    completed
    2009
    Rruga Jordan Misja 20
    8303 Tirana
    Albania
  • Unveiling the Rivera

    Our proposal aims to unveil the hidden potentials of the Riviera by three different goals: Restoring, connecting and activating the area, starting from the existing. Restoring aims for a rehabilitated and revitalized landscape next to touristic and environmental sensitive areas. Connecting beaches, hills and mountains with each other and with the hinterland is achieved by connections in different scales. We increase the accessibility of the various landscapes of the southern Riviera through hiking trails, a cycle connection following the EuroVelo network as well as a network of new thematic trails along the coast. The connections will increase tourism, targeting different groups in extensive areas that activate the whole Riviera. Using the good local climate conditions and local attractions will help tourism extend all-season. Our proposal uses the existing panoramic road as a backbone for a new system that can expand the recreation potential of the area. The strategy aims to reconnect the local population with their own land and give the region a place in the international attention that it deserves.

    under construction
    2017
  • Yueyang. Better water - better city

    Yueyang is a growing city in the chinese province fo Hunan. In cooperation with hydrology, watermanagement and water ecology experts as well as landscape architects a masterplan is developed. The aim is a new adjustment of urban and open space developement in the course of water quality improvement. The masterplan analyses the spatial and programmatic potentials of the Nanhu (lake) and the sorrounding build-up and open space structures and developes them as a blue-green infrastructure. That improves the city's interconnectedness and the accessibility of green spaces. A catalogue of sponge city strategies proposes transferable concepts for a structure related integration of sponge city principles. The blue-green-black masterplan merges the strategies and delivers design approaches for different types of waterfronts and city profiles.

    completed
    2016
    602 Dongting S Rd, Yueyanglou Qu, Yueyang Shi, Hunan Sheng, China
    414000 Yueyang, Hunan
    China
  • ANA Residences

    The residential complex AnA is situated close to the Student Village of Tirana University on a magnificent hillside. The oddly shaped site starts with a narrow edge along the street and widens sloping down 15 meters of level difference. The building folds as a continuous figure, respecting all the necessary distances to the property line and on itself. This stepped form creates a local landmark with an identifiable skyline in a very heterogeneous context. The site opens itself to allow a pedestrian connection between the student village and the northern areas. This passage enlivens the commercial ground floor and the compound piazettas. The cuts in building volume are a response to the urban regulations and a way to break down the overall massing into pieces more related to the human scale. The same 'cut' approach is used in order to provide light and natural ventilation for circulations spaces. The attic floor has set backs in strategic locations of the building for best views from the terraces for the exquisite apartments. The materialisation aims for an elegant appearance with differentiated materials and patterns but an overall clean white look: the plinth is of fair-faced concrete with a diamondshape relief, the body from white plaster, crowned by an attic floor clad in beveled tiles for a shimmering reflection of the strong Albanian sun.

    completed
    2013
    rruga Pjetër Budi
    1000 Tirana
    Albania
  • District school Mitte Altona

    Instead of a clean functional construction, a building with an innovative room offer in a special atmosphere for contemporary teaching and learning methods and a space for neighbourly encounters is drafted. The design positiones itself to this role via a self-confident gesture and is with it's cubage purposely set apart from surrounding structures. The usage becomes readable, the differenziation between housing developments and the district schools public building structure recognizable. Thus the new building contributes to the urban surroundings structuring. The cubage reflects the inner organization: the public, also by residents and society used base connects the district with the school building. The transparent horizontal 'fugue' that includes the gym subdivides the building in a base for the common use and the clear educational areas, which 'floats' as self-contained volume above the 'fugue'. A central, light-flooded hall generates the school's common middel, which connects all floors and functional areas up to the roof top terrace. A visible and readable place for education is drafted and forms the Heart of the new district.

    Idea
    2015
  • New Neighbourhood Hilligenwöhren

    The new residential neighbourhood Hilligenwöhren is located on the threshold of compact city to open landscape in Bothfeld. A composition of three- to four-storey buildings generates two courtyards with different spatial qualities. The norther green courtyards is the new neighbourhood's intimate centre, whereas the southern courtyard opens up to the street and hence to the neighbourhood. The buildings are connected via access balconies which activate the courtyards and are the basis for a vived community. The central community room for all residents connects the two green spaces. It is the neighbourhood's living room. By opening and widening spaces, informal meeting points and social contact surfaces are offered. The building structure enables a flexible arrangement of various residenttial typologies und therefore a social mixture.
    A solid structure for the development of a long lasting neighbourhood is offered. Furthermore natural building materials ensure comfortable and healthy living environments.

     

    completed
    2016
  • Vocational College of Machinery and Irrigation - VCMI (Vietnam)

    The design of the VCMI campus is based on sustainable principles in order to handle climate and urban challenges the area is exposed to. The masterplan aims for a clear functional zoning which allows future growth. The area reserved for sports can provide a diverse offer, as an educational complement for the students, but also space, passive to be rented, so the school can reinforce economical sustainability. The proposed area dedicated to teaching and training will allow VCMI to multiply its current offer. The Campus is organized around a cooling pond which is the centre of the water treatment concept: Collected rain water can be extracted for the use of grey water in the buildings. Complementing the new expansion is also forecast a Centre of Excellence for Green TVET, an institution that is inscribed in the scope of the Vietnamese-German Financial Cooperation. The junction of these two institutions will trigger synergy effects, unlocking the campus true potential, towards the aim of establishing themselves as one of the forefront regional institutions, but also contribute needed tools, to a resilient climate change in Vietnam.

    in progress
    2015
  • Park City

    The project is located on the western outskirts of Tirana, an area which has seen major development in recent years due to its prime location close to the main entrance corridor to Albania's capital. With a total of approx. 400.000 m2 built floor area the new district will house approximately 7.000 inhabitants. It stretches between two large parks, whose conceptual design also formed part of the competition brief. Runway Park is a 1,1 km long former landing strip and Lana Park is an extension of the city's main green axis. The design proposes an urban layout that forms a hinge between these two parks, making them accessible, as well as connecting them, whilst strengthening the distinctively different character of both. The urban structure reflects a combination of three typologies: 4 storey stripes, 12 storey towers and 8 storey 'urban rocks'. The aim is to offer a broad variation of lifestyles, as opposed to the prevalent development paradigm of 9 storey broken perimeter blocks in Tirana.

    completed
    2009
    Rruga Simon Gjoni 1
    1000 Tirana
    Albania
  • Primary and Comprehensive School Helios

    A new primary and comprehensive school (IUS) is planned for the former site of the Helios AG in Cologne Ehrenfeld. The school concept is based on the idea of a "university school", which spatially implements the educational objectives of inclusiveness: The school comprises the grades 1 to 13 and operates closely with the teacher training of the University of Cologne. This is architecturally reflected in an open learning environment for all grades. As part of a new high-quality and dense city block, the school should be an integral part and actor of the district: The school premises may be used publicly and the school offers a range of activities to the neighborhood.
    The school is designed as a compact structure, which is confidently positioned due to its clear-cut cubic form and at the same time contextualized by its orientation to axes and edges of the surroundings. It creates a clear address to the Vogelsanger Straße by a glass-enclosed foyer and a funnel-shaped, covered entrance situation. The inviting foyer and the localization of semi-public functions on the ground floor – such as the auditorium and educational center, the canteen, workshop and studio spaces – creates the desired integration of the school into the district and allows for important synergies of different usages.
    The common center - "the heart of the school" - spans over two floors and offers spacious stairs for meeting and seating: A great place for communication and leisure for all functional areas of the whole school.

    Excerpt from the jury report: "The jury praised in particular the optimal implementation of the educational objectives, which corresponds in a particular way to the intentions of the users. The learning environments are well designed and can be effectively used. Primary education is accessible as a separate unit on the first floor over short distances. The secondary education units I and II are localized on one level and are equipped with a spacious central communication zone, which provides space for a diverse range of activities. ..."

    Idea
    2015
    Heliosstraße
    50825 Cologne
    Germany
  • Open Neighbourhoods

    The urban design creates an attractive living environment for young families and couples and gives new impulses to a large
    social housing estate of the 1960’s. The existing open block structure is being continued but transformed into an open block structure with semi-private courtyards. Different housing typologies, for example ground related typologies or open floor plans add variation to the houisng supply. To ensure car free spaces, most of the parking is organized in underground parking garages, which are accessible from the edges of the area. Elevated courtyards create a safe environment for social interaction of families while maintaining visual and functional relations. Between the blocks, a sequence of squares enriches the existing public space and, together with the car free zone, contribute to a lively public space. The continuity of the existing building typology, the green strip and the tree rows create a strong link to the neighbouring areas.

    completed
    2016
  • Cradle-to-Cradle Industrial Park

    The concept Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C, Michael Braungart et al.) is based upon the idea of a circular economy in which resources are not consumed but are continually used. The feasibility study explores how this concept can be transferred to the development of industrial parks: C2C-principles for the design of buildings, open spaces and infrastructure are developed and a structural plan for a test site in Bielefeld, Germany, is laid out. Moreover an energy system for the whole area is designed and C2C-prototypes for buildings and open space situations. The approach of the study is holistic and interdisciplinary and its planning recommendations can be used for the development of new industrial areas as well as for the transformation of existing sites. The study is part of the INTERREG-IVB project „Cradle to Cradle Business Innovation & Improvement Zones. C2C-BIZZ". Please contact us for the entiry feasibility study.

    completed
    2014
    Am Niedermeyers Feld
    33719 Bielefeld
    Germany
  • Family Villa

    A listed villa of the 1850ties was converted into two familyapartments. The large garden is used collectively. The 1st and 2nd floor were redesigned in relation to the needs of a couple with five children. Spaces „suitable for everyday use" are created and at the same time the special character of the historic building with its ornamental elements and valuable wooden floors is strengthened. To reestablish the former spaciousness a multitude of fixtures and walls were demolished. The roof was reconstructed according to current energetic standards. The first floor serves as an entrance area with a large hall leading to the kitchen and the balcony. The master bedroom and one kid's room are orientated to the garden. The former ballroom as the heart of the building is used as a dining and living room. The space has an impressive size (55m2, 6m high) and is decorated with an ornamental ceiling that was preserved and - where necessary - restored. A gallery is installed into the ballroom as a slender glass-steel-structure: The stairs are suspended from the gallery to keep the parquetry untouched. The second floor is reserved „for kids only" and features four rooms, a play hall, and a bathroom. The staircase between the two floors is enhanced in its spaciousness by opening up a part of the ceiling. All design and constructive measurements were undertaken in detailed consultation with the institution for historic preservation.

    completed
    2012
    Von-Alten-Allee
    30449 Hannover
    Germany
  • Stepping to the park

    The clear p-shaped building structure is a connection of a north-south orientated structure and a c-shaped structure which is opened to the west. The long structure is stepped from the Lessing elevation from eight to four floors down. By this view and path relations are generated and the maximum number of apartments are orietated to the green. The c-shaped part of the building completes the city block and activates the fire walls. Two open spaces which differ from each other characterize the design - a housing courtyard, which is setted between the two building parts and a qualificated open space connection. The housing courtyard's light topography generates a spacial relationship with the surrounding nature and is at the same time giving structure to the room. The given open space structure in the west provides a mixture from small trade, play and leisure offers and a public passage, which creates a vivid room and connects the old and new buildings. The building structure's stepping and the volume differentiation on the basis of distance spaces and exposure optimization ensure a varying offer of apartments for manifold inhabitants.

    completed
  • Vauban turning loop

    In the west of Vauban, a new start for the district is created.
    Not only an urban accent is set here, but also 100 residential units are created, aswell as a youth center and in combination with a possible future city train stop a lively place arises.
    The shape of the building is characterized by the turning loop of the tram. The terrace house fits into the turning loop so that the existing rails remain unchanged. The corresponding tower takes up the basic form of the terrace house, sets an urban accent by its height and completes the ensemble. The two buildings are connected by a community level, which offers the buildings a semi-private courtyard with plants and places to rest. In addition, the connecting level shields the noise of the tram and is at the same time the main access of the terrace house, so the rails does not have to be crossed to reach the apartments.

    Idea
    2017
  • SAVI Guggenheim Helsinki

    The Guggenheim will access the richness of Nordic culture and open a door towards the East of Europe. Helsinki gets the opportunity to integrate a site with landmark potentials into the heart of the City: Reachable for pedestrians from Eteläesplanadi, adjacent to Tahititornin Vuori Park, and neighboring Olympia Terminal, the site will be a new Connecter within the city. The urban design introduces a plinth to meet the challenges and foster the potentials of the site: It connects the park with the water front via a pedestrian bridge crossing Laivasillankatu. Pedestrians from Eteläesplanadi are directed towards the site via a stage and a grand ramp with seating – here the exhibition begins! A civic space of great quality for tourists and residents to gather and socialize. At the same time the plinth covers the port vehicles access, ensuring undisturbed port operations. Above the Plinth and the Forum "flys" a wooden box. Its height fits into the surroundings and allows great views. The slim shape and horizontal gesture enhances the characteristic of the site at the water front: a subtle yet genuine new element of Helsinki's cityscape.

    Idea
    2014
    Makasiiniterminaali
    00140 Helsinki
    Finland
  • New Energie. Opencast mining landscape Garzweiler

    The opencast mine Garzweiler migrates within the region of Cologne / Mönchengladbach / Dusseldorf within decades. Highways are relocated, areas demolished, almost 8,000 people resettled. An abadoned area with no history is left behind. "New Energy" is a landscape in motion and consciously focuses on a development process starting now. The advancing open-cast mining is no longer intended to monofunctionally determine the space, but instead, through spatially and temporally projects, the landscape will develop in an attractive way in every phase.
    "Capturing the hole" is the first development phase: this is not only about the development of the mining area and its staging as a fascination but also by a change of image of the region. In addition, a green-blue infrastructure is being developed, which, as the largest park in Europe, surrounds the opencast mining area. A cable car "overflows" the hole, makes it experienceable and re-connects suspended villages. After the end of the brown coal mining, large areas are free for settlement, landscape and commercial development: a space that will be characterized by an exciting topography with novel open-space structures.

    Idea
  • Perspective Holzwickede

    For the growing city of Holzwickede a long-term development concept is elaborated.
    The brief was a model for the overall city area and the definition of several urban development zones, with will be the focus of future city development. The recommondations for action are further concretized and located in a planning framework.
    The strategic project process starts off with spacial, social and historical analysis, then describes area profiles and developement goals and stategies. Zoom-ins of the focus zones show more contrete provisions and exemplified spacial strategies.
    On the base of the integrated action plan and the strategic development chances, processes can be verified, evaluated and arranged in the future , such as individual actions can be derived.
    The integrateted action plan is accompanied with a civic activism process and cooperations with the local goverment.

    completed
    2016
  • Updating Nordweststadt

    Like many other residential schemes of the 1960's the Nordweststadt in Frankfurt requires an update of its building stock, a redesign that meets current and future demands of urban living. A set of transferable, integrative, and low-cost design measures is developed, focusing on three main tasks: Tidying up, the regeneration of neighbourhoods, and the strengthening of identity. Shrubs and trees are cut back, the parking is reorganized, pedestrian and cycle lanes are being introduced, new public spaces are designed and the courtyards are upgraded by private gardens, new public green amenity spaces and 'light pergolas' - a minimal architecture that connects basement parking with the courtyards and passes over into a podium with seating steps on ground level. The light pergolas enclose a small lounge, an external barbecue, water and electricity connections and a bicycle workshop. During evening hours and at night the pergolas illuminate the courtyard, by day these enable diverse and easy use of the courtyard and strengthen a lively community.

    completed
    2010-2014
    Gerhart-Hauptmann-Ring
    60439 Frankfurt on the Main
    Germany
  • Grand Standing. Urban Centre Berlin

    The building's structure is based in the static elements pillar, plate and gate as well as the every few minutes incomming trains. A natural passage from Luckernwalder street to the signal box and the park connection south is build up by the viaduct facades of line U2 and S21. They could easily be activated by contemporary commercial usage for the traffic centre "Heart of Stations". In sum a unique specimen is generated, creating a special atmosphere and spatial quality between the tracks and towards the park. In north-south direction the slender, 17-storey super structure is extended over the property. It is adapted as rostrum and stage to the park and fits into the heterogeneous property structure between ICE line and stations. In the base area four gates allow the train transits and significant visual references in north-south as well as in east-west direction. On the various levels " heavenly" spaces for non-commercial transit and temporary users are integrated into the structure of established users and anchor tenants.

    completed
  • Greater Helsinki Vision. Eight profiles, one unity

    'Holistic Uniqueness' proposes a future vision and a robust
    development framework for Greater Helsinki, Finland. The
    region is globally positioned as the interface between the EU and
    Russia. A high velocity train network links Helsinki to the Baltic
    centres, Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburg, establishing a
    transnational connection. The Greater Helsinki Region itself
    is defined as a configuration of eight core areas, each characterised
    by a unique programmatic and spatial profile. Based on
    the incorporation of global future developments (like energy
    shortage, demographic change etc.) and existing local potentials,
    the profiles act as concepts for a sustainable development -
    ensuring global competence and creating local identity at the
    same time. A specific urban form and structure is proposed for
    each area, strengthening the programmatic profile and creating
    diverse relations between urban and green spaces. Within
    this metropolitan configuration each area will offer something
    unique. Therefore they are linked not only by a sophisticated
    transport system, but more importantly by a complementation of
    each other.

    Idea
    2007
    Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13
    00170 Helsinki
    Finland
  • Zhuhai Floating City

    Zhuhai is growing. The callenge now is to make this growth consistent with landscape and waters against the backdrop of clima change. The aim is to minimize the intrusion in nature due to ecological and economical reasons and by doing that to create a high quality of living in the city. The sponge city principle provides a convenient strategy for this purpose. Diverse water systems for the regulation of tides, flooding rives and heavy rains are not only integrated in the city structure, but also utilized to provide various leisure and recreation facilities. In Combination with lokal landscape and water characteristics, the sponge city principles shape a unique cityscape. In order to do that the project develops a city typology and various water front strategies which are transferable and versatile tools for the future urban planning.

    completed
    2016
    32 Weiji Rd, Xiangzhou Qu, Zhuhai Shi, Guangdong Sheng
    519020 Zhuhai, Guangdong
    China
  • Campus Callosum - Network knowledge

    New ideas and insights are created above all through diverse and interdisciplinary work and learning. Chance plays just as important a role as a well-planned procedure. But the new campus offers a variety of places: The compactly organized institutes and departments offer intensive learning and working situations. The public space allows informal meetings and promotes communication between students, teachers and citizens. Just like the Corpus Callosum, which connects the two hemispheres of the brain and thus allows the full power of the brain to develop, the Campus Callosum connects the institutes and departments as well as the library and cafeteria. Here are clearly visible and accessible learning worlds, presentation, exhibition, conference and meeting rooms.

     "Knowledge is the only good that increases when you share it." Ebner-Eschenbach

    Idea
    2016
  • Student City 2

    Our reconstruction concept of Tirana's "Student City 2" aims to show the great potential for particularly thermal energy savings in construction, modern student housing and is showcasing a well performing example how public and private sector can interact. As the buildings suffers from massive deterioration on the inside, main focus of the energy concept lays on a replacement of all basic infrastructure, including a adequate ventilation and heating systems as well as new windows as its centrepiece to remedy humidity. Different subdivisions of student rooms with joined shared bathrooms and modifications in use of common rooms allows spacious privacy and reacts on students needs. Applying a complementary colored orientation and material system for each dormitory allows visual indication of buildings, floors and rooms and provides "Student City 2" with a unique identity. As the roofs of the buildings offer common space, they can be used according to public or economic visions of its users and leverage "Student City 2" to be Albania's pilot energy efficiency project.

    under construction
  • Urbanizing the Periphery. Munich

    The study "periphery | landscape" identifies potentials and gives strategic advise for a long-term spatial development of the north-eastern periphery of Munich. The team was asked to work out a strategy for the development of an area of about 350 ha and to specify their findings for a sample site of around 150 ha. The approach is based on the following steps: The potentials of the area are recognized in a profound analysis and brought together in a synthesis map (A). Challenges concerning a sustainable development in the periphery were discussed. They led the team to five strategies (B). These strategies provide a framework for a long-term spatial development. They were developed in a close interplay with the design of a spatial vision for the North-East of Munich (C). The spatial vision shows ideas for the future open spaces and new developments. The team invented a set of typologies of peripher settlement. The typologies focus on specific combinations of settlement and open space (D). A design for the sample site (E) is differentiated with stories, best-practice-examples and development options in order to illustrate everyday life of future inhabitants.

    completed
    2011
    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich
    Germany
  • Urban Living. Vacant sites over the rooftops of the city

    In accordance with building regulations one could build at least three more full floors on top of the existing multi-storey car park Briesestraße: There is a vacant lot on top of the car park. In static terms one or two additional stories are feasible. By converting the existing floors and adding floors on top a unique building is created with a special atmosphere and spatial quality for different user groups (live and work). The concrete areas between the ramps
    are removed, which allows daylight to reach below street level. The additional units of the 2 ½ storeys are build as a light wooden panel construction. The visibility of the past leads to special appreciation. Thus, the acceptance for a good remix in the neighbourhood is far higher than for demolition and a new beginning.

    Idea
    2013-2014
    Briesestraße 19
    12053 Berlin
    Germany
  • The multimodal City / Transformation Freeway B3

    Alterating the inner city freeway B3 offers chances of enormeous quality. In place of a disruptive gap with high infrastructural means, a continuously livable city can emerge along the freeway. A city that is balanced multimodally with all its functions, spaces and atmosheres. The integration of transit spaces as well as thinking buildt environment and free space together enables a programmatic diversity and synergies which can react on change. Besides the task of keeping up the traffic flow, barriers, noise and emissions are being reduced and inner city plots are being reclaimed for urban developments. The chosen street section in the "Leinemasch" minimizes the intervention in the landscape. The Willmerstrasse is being transformed into a lively city street with high living and sojourning qualities by implementing a tunnel for the freeway, starting from Schützenstraße. East of the Hildesheimer Straße a Tunnelpark emerges with high qualities of open space for the adjacent urban areas. In addition to optimizing the freeway itself, sustainable mobility and transport is being valorized massively: Ricklingen in the west and Döhren in the east are connected with a bicycle highway and a tangential busline.

    completed
    2015
  • TXL Restart. Integral Systems

    The airport Berlin Tegel is going to be closed down. TXL will be developed as a high quality research, industry and business park with the profile of 'urban technologies'. A strategic masterplan builds the foundation for a flexible - and therefore, robust - planning process. Developmental guidelines and a profound system of rules create a structural, programmatic and creative quality of strategical important subareas. Simultaneously, more flexible developmental options are being allocated for other areas. ‚Quarters' profiles' emphasize exisiting potentials of subareas and strengthen the specific identity. An integrated concept for energy and water supports the sustainable development: biomass, geothermal energy, wind energy and photovoltaics provide regionally generated energy. Gray and rain water is being collected, refined and reused regionally. An urban aerial railway connects the site with the station and the tram. Here, the aerial railway is not only an efficient, sustainable means of transport but also represents sustainable mobility in terms of the site's profile.

    completed
    2012
    Saatwinkler Damm 62
    13627 Berlin Tegel
    Germany
  • Traveller and the Olive Grove

    With its amazing food, its multitude of untouched nature and its rich ancient history Albania deserves a much broader public that comes to visit, than the 'off the beaten track tourist'. International tourism is a sector in constant development: More and more travellers are looking for authentic experiences which enrich them as individuals and also do something good for the country they are visiting. Sustainable tourism can provide these experiences through unique learning experiences directly tied to a country's people and culture. Having this in mind the Dutch Embassy supported a cooperation of Cityförster with MVO Nederland and partners, to work on an inspiring concept for sustainable tourism in Albania, combining it with agriculture. The goal was to strengthen one destination by a multi -stakeholder approach to create a better place to live and to visit. After comprehensive analyses Qeparo, an old village along the coastline of Albania, has been chosen as a concrete area and in March 2016 a one-week workshop consisting of field visits, interviews with local entrepreneurs and design and business planning sessions with entrepreneurs on agriculture, hospitality, tourism services, urban planning and product design was organized. It resulted in potential projects, business cases and future scenarios for Qeparo. The project is currently being prepared for follow-up, up-scaling and replication.

    in progress
    2016
  • CLG Training Institute

    The aim of the masterplan for the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute is to increase the quality of life of both students and academic staff of the Institute, to structure the campus for the long term and to gives a clear identity to individual places. The main orientation of all buildings is strictly east-west with the main façades (north & south) avoiding low-standing sun. Access to the campus by car remains on the existing road. A new main datum for pedestrian connection is established to form the heart of the campus. It spans between the mostly residential area in the north and the educational program in the south. The clusters of housing and education at the two opposite ends of the campus are surrounded by the lecturers houses, and leisure activities. Small neighbourhoods are formed by connecting some strips at the eastern end; the western buildings remain as strips and create courtyards by providing a terrace edge.

    in progress
    2014
    Lusaka
    10101 Chalimbana
    Zambia
  • Scheelen- + Osterstraße. Participation

    The aim of this project was that, including participation of residents, landlords and businesses, the inner-city quarter ‚Scheelen- und Osterstraße' in Hildesheim should regain more of a profile. Via a process including all stakeholders Cityfoerster developed a vision and a design concept for the public realm, which can be implemented in phases. The project is mainly based on the efficient collaboration of the city of Hildesheim, it's marketing agency, the society HBA as well as local residents group: During frequent public consultations design stages where presented, discussed and schemes to be realized ascertained. An essential aspect of the long- term success of the project is the resident's acceptance and financial support. Through stakeholder meetings the resident's aspirations where systematically incorporated into the design progress. Furthermore effective actions and press- coverage created a high degree of publicity, which generated acceptance as well as financial engagement of all residents and stakeholders.

    completed
    2011
    Osterstraße 40
    31134 Hildesheim
    Germany
  • Moscow New National Center for Contemporary Arts

    The design for the new NCCA is composed as a cluster of fragmented volumes. The exhibition spaces are organized to combine maximum flexibility with inspiring spatial situations, which are based on historic paths of desire, those personal short-cuts and crossings one takes to arrive at a destination. Similar to the process of art making, these "desired paths" echo the creative process, offering cross-reference and thinking outside the box. Diverting from the logic of desired paths, and simultaneously highlighting it's off the beaten path logic, the basic setup of volumes and spaces is a clear rigid structure with maximum spans to allow flexible and functional subdivisions. The proposed volumes frame several public spaces between them, while maintaining an intimate relation to the park. Other functions of the park, such as sport fields, special gardens or café's become aligned to the master grid. By incorporating all local traffic – such as the visitors to the mall – the museum square becomes a mix-device, where the Art Centers blurs the lines between art, labor, pastime and commerce.

    Idea
    2013
  • Steinway Museum

    In 14-month planning and realisation stage a baroque hunting castle in Seesen was redeveloped with a focus on simplicity and clarity at a reasonable price. Also the permanent exhibition of the museum was conceived and moved.
    Central attention at the rebuilding work was the restoration of spatial relations and structures, as well as the creation of a high-quality, modern but timeless showroom, which is able to take on the various exhibits, including specialties such as 'The world's longest piano-string'. The exhibition has a modern pedagocial approach and offers attractions and information for all age groups. Additionally, value was placed to increase children participation through experimental- and multimedia stations. In this way the museum can be accessed by a variety of senses, understanding through seeing, hearing and touching.

    completed
    2010
    Wilhelmsplatz 4
    38723 Seesen
    Germany
  • Wolkenbügel Europacity Berlin

    "... In the front the Baltic Sea, in the back the Friedrichstraße ..." In the EuroCity Berlin one can come close to this ideal. The design combines an urban block typology with a distinctively shaped bar - " the Wolkenbügel". Its shape is characterized by a large void. This wide passage connects the block via the neighborhood square with the water front and at the same time the waterfront with the city. The void forms a partially covered urban stage for public uses such as weekly market, game or sport and thus a lively place along the promenade. The block is orientated to a central courtyard, which is connected to the neighborhood square. The block is divided into ten different houses whose building height of seven floors decreases stepwise to five. All roofs are used as terraces. According to the different housing typologies and sizes the widths of the houses vary as well. The houses are also distinguished in terms of facade rhythm and materiality.

    Idea
    2013
    Heidestraße 19
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
  • Development strategy Vreden

    The „Vital Quarter" contains not only a strategy for the planning area, but rather for the hole downtown. General statements of relation between downtown and riverside, forms of use, hierarchization and meaning of squares and streets offer a long-term focussed development of the downwon. The existing spaciousness of the building and space structure is the base of a vital urban diversity with a significant regional focus.
    The profiling of the inner-city subspaces shows developments of individual areas and the hole downtown. The support of the physical and programmatical connection between the planning territory and the riverside lets the „Vital Quarter" arise.
    The social trend of „health" (sports, recovery, work-life-balance, nutrition) is combined in the „Vital Quarter" with the qualities and potentials of the riverside (allotments, tracking paths), which forms the quarter green and vital.

    completed
    2017
  • Urban Green

    In the sense of the productive city, the new Quarter offers a lively mixture of housing, non-disturbing production and trade, a day care center and generous open spaces. The neighborhood for more than 500 people is based on three guiding principles: 1. Green Square: Six building clusters and one day care center are located at a multifunctional square. 2. Mixed Clusters: Diverse housing and property types are grouped into clusters and thus promote a healthy social mix. 3. Simple Construction: Apartment blocks organized in rows allow an efficient and cost-effective implementation of much needed "affordable" housing. In the implementation of these guiding principles, the focus is on preserving the impressive mature tree structure and enabling an open peace of city, which is well connected with the surrounding.

    Idea
    2017
    Hermann-Ehlers-Allee
    30455 Hanover
    Germany
  • Office Building. New Lands Commission

    The design for the landmark building of 5.500sqm, housing the New Lands Commission, will be a symbol of the new spirit of transparency and efficiency, bringing together the currently dispersed Land Sector Agencies. The building has an important symbolic impact due to the recent nationwide establishment of the land registry and is to represent a new All-Ghanaian identity. The design responds to local climatic and social parameters throughout all scales. All design-elements, from the urban setting out to the building's shape and its materialization aim towards natural and sustainable performance, fulfilling several functions at the same time. The circulation system forms the core of the building, spiraling upwards between two rings of offices on different levels. By breaking the clear separation between floors this system provides a continuous movement, bringing the NLC together on one continuous floor, with a variety of perspectives in and throughout the building. The parametric design of the outer appearance of the building guaranties functional performance whilst allowing for aesthetic variation. The diamond-shaped bamboo panels all follow the lowest sun-angle providing shade and filtered natural light at the same time.

    in progress
    2010-2015
    Ghana Survey School, Achimota Rd
    1757 Accra
    Ghana
  • District Centre Mastbrook

    The urban concept is based on a compact building envelope positioned on the plot, creating multifarious open public spaces for various outdoor use. The compact volume is achieved by stacking the program: The space-centered gym is located on the first floor, the community center with its open, active and animating facades is based on ground level.Emerging from its program, the building volume is shaped with several recesses and kerfs. The entrances to the different functions are visualized by cut-outs of the volume. The building attains efficiency by layering functions and multiple-shift usage.The structure consists of a mix of reinforced concrete on the base and prefabricated cross-laminated timber on the upper storey. On ground level the facades are designed with large glazing elements and fibre-cement coated with colorful pattern. The facades of the gym are clad with black, large scale trapezoidal sheetings. Translucent façade areas from polycarbonate panels stretch around the upper corners, in order to give further differentiation to the building volume and embed it in the surrounding scale.

    Idea
    2014
    Ostlandstr.44
    24768 Rendsburg
    Germany
  • Velber4. Joint Building Venture

    Velber4 fosters "living in the city". The project provides a diverse set of floor plans with different standards and a low-cost project development based on a joint building venture. The building's volume complements the perimeter block of the surroundings. Regarding heights, eaves and roof form the design follows the appearance of the neighboring buildings. The plot's potential is utilized by a vertical layering of the program: underground parking, public uses on the ground floor and private living in the quiet upper floors to the garden. The building provides common places for recreation, play and gatherings. The great flexibility of the layout allows for a diverse mix of living styles and supports changes of design and program in response to different phases of life. It establishes a robust basic structure and offers great freedom of individual adaption by the inhabitants.

    Idea
    2014
    Velberstr.4
    30451 Hanover
    Germany
  • Co-Designing! Rethinking the campus

    ,Green the University' is programm to develop the different areas of the campus involving the students in the designing process. In this backround CITYFOERSTER designed and conducted a scenario workshop where students could describe and show there needs and ideas for a contemporary and sustainable campus design. Development guide lines where articulated as well as specific arrangement parts at different scales at a range from short termn steps to complex infrastructure projects: Usable greens, attracting squares, landscapes to learn, bicycle friendly streets, hybrid buildings with workshops and space for living, working and events, communication and orientation systems, facade designes and aerial passanger lines as an efficient transport between the different University spots. The documentation of the workshops results are beeing used by the students initiative as a discussion backround and in the development process.

    completed
    2011 + 2014
    Wilhelmstraße 9
    72074 Tübingen
    Germany
  • Redesigning Scheelen- + Osterstraße

    The Scheelen- and Osterstraße are some of the oldest trade routes in Hildesheim and form the backbone of the quarter S'O - the largest of the six inner-city neighbourhoods. A large amount of owner-led specialty-shops and family businesses give the area a special charm and character, which currently is not perceivable within the public realm. Through a participating process a vision and a design concept for the public realm were developed. Short-, mid- and long-term conversion elements allow for a step by step development with the main targets: "Clean Up! Network! Generate Identity!" The first step saw the public realm being cleaned by the demolition of 170 concrete bollards. The existing planters were cleaned and newly planted. As identity generators seating elements and bike stands were installed, which are labelled with the S'O logo.

    in progress
    2011
    Osterstraße 40
    31134 Hildesheim
    Deutschland
  • Petriviertel. Urban Living

    The concept corresponds to the special character and significant qualities of the site in the development area 'Petriviertel' by correlating three different qualities of the site with three different ways of living: 1. Compact living in the ‚ring', where efficient floor plans are combined with shared luxury. 2. Living with two orientations in the ‚rows', where the open floor plans guarantee a connection towards the landscape and the green inner courtyard. 3. Panorama- Living in the towers, where spacious penthouseapartments celebrate the open view towards the riverbed of Warnow. The main purpose of the design is to guarantee a large variation of typologies for all kind of different ways of living. At the same time the three different types of living within one quarter should be related through the same architectonical identity. The quarter is well connected, meanwhile private and shared spaces combine different areas. The material and structure of the elevations are divergent but related through a similar quality of design. The design of the facades (two faces) contributes to this idea. Faced towards the streets there character is rather 'hard', faced towards the inner courtyard, there character is rather 'soft'.

    Idea
    2012
    Gerberbruch 20
    18055 Rostock
    Germany
  • Masterplan Mirror Twins

    For an area of 22 ha close to the centre of Tirana the masterplan proposes a sequence of three cross-fading typologies, responding to the degrees of centrality that the site crosses. It is anchored by a central public promenade that mirrors the trajectory and design of an adjacent public park, which is a continuation of the main urban axis of Tirana and extends into a series of large green ‚rooms'. A network of green links passes through the typologies and connects them to the park. The building typologies are a plinth with towers along the ring road, perimeter-blocks and linear housing on the outskirts limited by the railroad. Special emphasis is placed on the design of a series of public spaces, forming smaller scale neighbourhoods and specific identities.

    completed
    2005
    Rruga Jordan Misja 1
    8303 Tirana
    Albania
  • Øresund Region 2040

    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.

    Idea
    2007-2008
    Lufthavnsboulevarden 6
    2770
    Denmark, Sweden
  • West African Science Center - WASCAL

    The guiding principles in the design for the landmark building accommodating the West African Science Center, are developed from the site and its conditions as well as from vernacular forms of spatial organization and construction of Burkina Faso. The building itself is reflecting the idea of the scientific research as it serves as a hub, connecting the center and its partners with each other, with visitors as well as with the city of Ouaga¬dougu. The heart of the building is the three-storey science area, containing all offices and their serving spaces. The ground floor connects all functions both spatially as well as programmatically through long visual axes. Inspired by traditional houses and settlements, the round shape of the building is effectively avoiding the low-standing sun as it slowly travels around the building. The climate concept focuses on natural ventilation in combination with night cooling and air movement by ceiling fans and solar chimneys and is in this way best practice example for climate adapted construction and sustainability.

    Idea
    2014
  • King-Bansah-School

    Cityförster designed a school for the charity project of the King Bansah Ghana development association. Below an approx. 75m long roof several volumes will be constructed in a simple way representing a unique identity. The roof itself is split in two vertical shifted parts to provide natural ventilation for the air and light permeable volumes. The air cools down beneath the canopies and circulates through the pattern openings of the concrete building blocks into the workshops. Once heated up the hot air exhaust through the roof top vents. The roof is also used to mount numerous photovoltaic modules that provide the necessary self-sufficient power supply. The construction process will be split in three stages. After each stage the completed buildings can be used immediately. In a first stage the artisan workshops will be build. As a second stage the workshops for wood and metalworking and the staff room will be constructed. Finally, the car repair shop and the covered forecourt will be added to the entire construction. The illumination and air ventilation is provided through customized brickwork. The openings in the concrete moulded bricks refer to patterns of traditional fabrics in Ghana. The lower wall segments are closed for dirt protection and they offer the opportunity for the sign paint shop to use their skills and write all donators names on the facade of the building.

    Idea
    2011
    Tema - Jasikan Road
    12345 Hohoe
    Ghana
  • Family Housing Pyrmonter Straße

    The sourrounding of the building site is shaped by rigid rows of houses of the 1950ies – 1970ies. According to the land  development plan, the construction was supposed to be implemented streetaccompanying. Since a large, distinctive copper beech tree was existing on the plot, these requirements could be deviated from and the legal construction bouldaries could be expanded. This offered the chance for a more differentiated and suspenseful urban figure as well as an economic site exploitation. The living area of the five flats in the apartment building vary between 64m² and 128m². In combination with the row houses, a variegated range of different dwelling types emerges. The flats have a balcony to the garden, the row houses all have private terraces. In the centre of the ensemble stands the copper beech tree, in whose surrounding the garden is being used collectively.

    completed
    2011
    Pyrmonter Straße 11
    30459 Hanover
    Germany
  • Educational Landscape Cologne

    The aim of the "Educational Landscape Altstadt Nord" in Cologne is the design of the neighborhood at the district park Klingelpütz: Here, a viable space - in an educational and physical sense - should be developed. The main concern is to improve the educational opportunities of children and young adults. The existing primary school will be renovated and expanded. Additionally several new buildings are planned: a secondary school, a nursery, a study house, as well as a canteen and a workshop building. The various functions are located around a common center - the heart of the campus. According to the specific requirements differentiated situations for learning, recreation and play are offered. Special emphasis is placed on the permeability of the campus, which fits into the urban fabric offering manifold ways and passages. A unique spatial edge is formed in relation to the park.

    Idea
    2013
    Gereonswall 75
    50670 Cologne
    Germany
  • Olympic Village Munich

    The design for the Olympic Village in Munich looks beyond the Olympic Winter Games 2018: It is planned as a future-orientated inner city borough offering new ways of living and car-free areas, as well as functioning on closed-loop-systems (energy, water, waste). The typical outset of the perimeter block as a 'successful element' of the European city is formally and programmatically refined: The ensemble of tapered roofscapes, creating the characteristic image of a built landscape, determines a continuation of the close-by Olympic Park. These roofscapes form generous terraces for use by the inhabitants as well as generating ideally oriented surfaces, which are beneficial for the use of solar energy. Various sizes and styles of apartments such as lofts, patios and duplexes, as well as urban terraced houses resembling "house-in-house"-arrangements, are combined into one single block. Hereby a lively and diverse community shall be promoted and enabled.

    Idea
    2010
    Hedwig-Dransfeld-Allee 1
    80637 Munich
    Germany
  • Pelikan Kindergarden

    The kindergarden forms an integral part of the Pelikan housing complex in Hanover. It is located in the ground floor of the most northern building facing the green courtyard in the South. To the West there is an outdoor play area with a view to the green belt "Tintengraben" with its vegetable patches. The group rooms are orientated towards the South and West each featuring a loggia as a roofed outdoor play area. The interior design is based on strong, warm colors that contribute to a comfortable atmosphere and that at the same time help to distinguish between specific programmatic areas. The surfaces - wood and textiles - and furniture are characterized by a pleasant feel and are still robust enough to be played with.

    under construction
    2012-15
    Tintentrift
    30177 Hannover
    Germany
  • Park'n'Ride. Redesign of a pedestrian passageway

    The City of Hanover is characterized by its great green parks and the postwar ideals of a 'car-friendly' city. The project Park 'n' Ride deals with the transitional areas of urban landscapes and infrastructure. Various tunnels, bridges and underground passages are not only spatially monotonously and untended, but also unsafe places within the city. A passage undercrossing a highway is transformed into an atmospharic space: Upon a black background motifs from the forest are painted using white reflecting color. New lights are installed to increase the safety for bikers and
    pedestrians. The project is planned as a series of similar interventions transforming these typical urban places.

    completed
    2009
    Am Moritzwinkel
    30167 Hannover
    Germany
  • Nordhavnen X

    ‚Nordhavnen', the former container harbor in northern Copenhagen, will be redeveloped to become a new part of the city 'that offers space for 40,000 inhabitants and 40,000 jobs'. The proposal NordhavnenX suggests a concept which is based on a water, material and energy circulation system enabling the district to function self-sufficiently. Three parks with different topics - woods, hills, fields - structure and connect different parts of the area: They function both as sports and recreational spaces and as natural collective and cleansing surfaces for the rainwater and sewage processing. NordhavnenX is primarily laid out for bicycle and pedestrian's traffic and connects to the existing public transportation system. A variation of typologies for the bank area is created that takes advantage of the unique situation at the Øresund: Stairs, piers, pontoons, ramps, beach and meadows make the water and the wide look about the sound a true experience.

    Idea
    2008
    Containervej 9
    2100 Copenhagen
    Denmark
  • Perspectives Gütersloh

    Over the past decade, many gaps in building blocks have been closed in the city of Gütersloh. Various areas have been upgraded or restructured. With the integrated action plan not only the urban design of the city will be further sharpened. With the participation of diverse actors new prospects for long-term development of the city are presented. Strategic decisions are prepared to make the city center adaptable for changing spatial requirements in the future. The integrated action plan defines key objectives for development. Conceptual and design requirements are defined for e.g. functional mix, open space planning, or traffic issues. These recommendations are implemented and spatially located in a strategic master plan. On this basis, future developments and project proposals can be tested and evaluated and individual measures can be derived.

    completed
    2013
    Berliner Straße 70
    33330 Gütersloh
    Germany
  • Martin-Luther-Schule

    The Martin-Luther-School is an upper secondary school with a special focus on musical education. It houses about 1600 pupils. The extension of the existing building became necessary to adapt to contemporary didactic concepts and to allow for all-day care. It contains classrooms, a natural science block, music rooms, a canteen and a gymnasium. The design translates the demands concerning resource efficiency and preservation in a sensual and sensible manner. The main climatic feature of the building is the shape of the building itself: So called solar-chimneys foster natural ventilation by stack effect and become a significant formal element. The expressive roofscape also em­phasizes places inside the building – large roof lights extend the space upwards and provide particular light. During school hours these areas are open spaces to be appropriated by different age groups for independent learning. The building is conceived as a timber frame structure with a larch-wood cladding.

    Idea
    2009
    Staatsstraße 2
    64668 Rimbach im Odenwald
    Germany
  • Expo Park Hannover

    The former area of the World Exposition 2000 is being transformed into the EXPO PARK HANNOVER: a high class business and technology park with excellent infrastructure in walking distance to the world's biggest fairground. About 85% of the area is already being used by businesses, service providers, institutions for higher education and event locations. For the remaining plots a development study was commissioned in order to visualize possible designs and volumetric developments. Special attention was paid to a wide range of programmatic options. The allotment provides plots between 2.000m2 and 20.000m2 and floor areas between 4.000m2 and up to 30.000m2. Different building types were developed and visualized in order to serve different needs concerning address-making, accessability or internal organization. Exemplary designs are the OfficeTower, the ShowSPACE, the OfficeCUBES and the Start-upLAB.

    completed
    2006
    Straße der Nationen 10
    30539 Hannover
    Germany
  • Living in Limmer

    The aim of the competition is to develop an urban concept for sustainable housing. The design should link the rural district of Old-Limmer with the future „Wasserstadt" - a new urban development that will consist of two-storey rowhouses mainly. In order to meet these demands, the concept has to go beyond the building scale and consider the district and urban scale. The sensitive integration of the new dwellings in the existing urban fabric, considering its density, character and atmosphere, is part of the design: Four buildings with sloped roofs are grouped around a central courtyard. A variety of dwelling types is offered - from private housing to collective luxury. Furthermore, the area gives priority to walking, cycling and public transport over motorized traffic. The concept of open spaces is to supply different accessibilities, availabilites and cost extensive maintenance to the people.

    Idea
    2013
    Sackmannstraße 50
    30453 Hannover
    Germany
  • Green Wave. Glitnir Bank Hq

    The design concept 'Green Wave' generates a holistic image and a characteristic coastal skyline for the site of Kirkjusandur in Reykjavik, Iceland. Two design principles characterize the appearance of all buildings: The dynamic shape of the wave as an aesthetic concept and the integration of green spaces as vital elements of functional and atmospheric quality. The new headquarters of Glitnir Bank, a nine-storey building addressing the prominent highway Sæbraut, will be the key figure for the future development. The elevated entrance plaza is secluded from public flow on ground level and sheltered from heavy winds coming from the shore. Open working spaces can be organised and subdivided flexibly. Winter gardens on each floor increase internal lighting, provide space for informal communication and create a comfortable atmosphere and climate. A decentralized ventilation system and a heating system based on geothermal energy are implemented, which are economic in maintenance, space-saving and highly energy efficient. The façade consists of tilted glass elements creating a "deep skin" that reflects natural and artificial light in different angles.

    Idea
    2006/07
    Laugarnesvegur 52
    105 Reykjavik
    Iceland