When does city become home?
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Every city is unique. We devise development concepts from the place itself in order to strengthen local potentials and identities. We use strategic planning to create flexibility for future challenges. We assist cities and communities in dealing with the processes of spatial change in the context of digitization, mobility transition, and climate change. We conceive, plan, and implement buildings, urban structures, and open spaces for cities that are compact, socially and functionally mixed, multimodally networked, productive, organized around circular economies, and capable of adapting to climate change.

  • Jale Waterfront

    The rural south of Albania is gifted with a spectacular coastline, unspoiled natural areas and rich cultural heriatage. Travel is an important driver of the economic development of Albania. However, developments of the past 20 years have been haphazard and do not match the touristic potential of the region. Being part of the Albanian Governments initiative of 'Urban Rebirth', the main objective of this project was the regeneration of the waterfronts of the villages Jalë and Dhërmi. Starting from the outstanding natural beauty of both locations, our aim was to structure and strengthen the coastline and connect it with its surroundings, both physically as well as ideally.

    In Jale this included freeing the main promenade from car traffic, providing basic infrastructure such as benches, bins, showers and fountains, but keeping the promenade at a low profile, seeking a continuation with the beach. As the beach is very deep and the bay mainly attracts the younger generations, we have been inspired by some of the existing beach-bars that were embedded in rich flowering gardens. Between the beach and the promenade we have provided a strip of gardens housing 6-7 beach-bars, each with a stable structure to survive the harsh storms in winter. The bars come in three different sizes and allow for all furniture to be stored inside during the cold season.

    under construction
    2016
    Superior A, Rruga Jali, Jala 1010, Albania
    Himarë
    Albania
  • 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
  • Dhërmi Waterfront

    The rural south of Albania is gifted with a spectacular coastline, unspoiled natural areas and rich cultural heriatage. Travel is an important driver of the economic development of Albania. However, developments of the past 20 years have been haphazard and do not match the touristic potential of the region. Being part of the Albanian Governments initiative of 'Urban Rebirth', the main objective of this project was the regeneration of the waterfronts of the villages Jalë and Dhërmi. Starting from the outstanding natural beauty of both locations, our aim was to structure and strengthen the coastline and connect it with its surroundings, both physically as well as ideally.

    In Dhermi this included freeing the main promenade from car traffic, providing basic infrastructure such as benches, bins, showers and fountains, but keeping the promenade at a low profile, seeking a continuation with the beach. At the entrance of the promenade an existing structure and a seasonal stream are integrated to form a watersquare, a landmark for the site which will include iconic lettering. A pier serves both for watersports but also as look-out and artificial cliff. The watersquare connects further inland through the 'valley of freshness' and invites for mountaineering and cultural activities.

    under construction
    2016
    Rruga e Kamp
    Himarë
    Albania
  • Düsseldorf Mosaic

    How can Düsseldorf react to demographic change? Who plays which part in current urban development processes? Where can we create affordable living space? How far away is the open countryside, the nearest playground? These and many other questions concern the citizens of Düsseldorf. The "Raumwerk D", which is being developed parallel to the "Mobility Plan D", is intended to provide answers to such questions that have been worked out together. The spatial image determined within this framework is not a plan in the conventional sense. It is based on the current state of urban and landscape spaces and emphasises structural elements. It marks identity-defining places as well as urban structures that take over important functions for orientation. Furthermore, it spatially and pictorially highlights the qualification and profiling of urban spaces and the focal points of urban development. The participants in the dialogue process have enriched and specified the spatial image with suggestions regarding content and illustration.

    in progress
    2019
  • Bergviertel Krampnitz, green I enlived I in motion

    Based on a strong landscape and valuable historical structures, Bergviertel Krampnitz is a forward-looking quarter, creating its own identity as a place to live and work in harmony with the environment. Against the background of a climate crisis and scarcity of resources, it will be sustainably developed and will serve as a centre of life for a broad cross-section of the population. A small-scale and diverse density creates a lively place, is gentle on resources, uses infrastructures efficiently and relies entirely on the mobility of the future - the environmental network. Small and large apartments in the same building ensure social diversity, intergenerational living connects young and old and assemblies along with community-oriented housing projects enable self-determined living. The combination of living and working responds to the trend to more strongly combine leisure and work as well as career and family. Strong and diverse open spaces, differently addressing the building plots, bind everything together and enable uses from communal gardening to sports and leisure activities up to generous landscape experiences.

    in progress
    2019
  • Munich North-East

    A village and its church. Hybrid multi-storey buildings in a mosaic of squares, gardens and fields. A water landscape with an alpine view. Mutual references and soft transitions facilitate the emergence of diversity and a mixed city of diverse actors. A field of tension between anonymity and community, between central S-Bahn and historic village square, between the world of work and the field.
    Munich Northeast combines the longings for the city, for rural life and water. Along the existing and future infrastructures (S-Bahn+U-Bahn), dense, urban and mixed-use quarters are growing, which structure the space functioning as the heart of the design. They are the powerful but reactive partner in the exciting interplay of city and country.

    Idea
    2019
  • Von Bergedorf zu BergeDörfern

    Bergedorf-West will take centre stage of urban development due to its immediate proximity to Oberbillwerder. With around 1500 newly renovated affordable apartments and large undefined spaces in between, the housing stock forms a stable basis for experimenting with new forms of living. The aim is to strengthen the neighborhood and provide opportunities for participation, to create a living and open space for the urbanophile community and to add further functions to living. The area will be further developed using 5 strategic tools:1) structuring, 2) clustering, 3) addressing, 4) centralize, 5) enrich. Four earth-related hybrid typologies enliven the public space and link "Old" with "New". Highly diversified and flexible residential floor plans, partly left as blanks, are combined with various open spaces such as balconies, loggias, roof terraces and community gardens, allowing individual living constellations. Additional functions like open offices, medical practices, a fitness studio and other small businesses as well as semi public rooftop gardens bring the public into the upper floors of the new buildings.

    Idea
    2019
  • Trnavské Mýto

    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. The site is located in the Trnavské Mýto district, an important sub-centre in the north eastern part of Bratislava, located on a crossroads of public transport lines, a lively marketplace and residential area.


    The site is expected to undergo a fundamental vital change in the coming years, but its original function as a cultural and social centre will remain the focus of the new development. A new intercity station is planned which will dramatically increase the accessibility of the site making it a strategic location for transit-oriented redevelopment. The former Trade Union House congress centre of the communist regime which currently occupies the site has fallen into disrepair and lacks the facilities and safety standards a modern venue requires. The site is owned by property developer Immocap, which initiated the international architectural competition.


    "We entered into the project with the ambition to bring to Bratislava a modern, multifunctional cultural and social centre with a capacity significantly larger than the current one, and with this intention we are continuing our preparatory works. The new Istropolis will be a venue for various multi-genre events, even those that have never been held in Bratislava yet, thanks to the flexible layout and the cutting-edge technical and acoustic equipment. After years of absence, the people of Bratislava will be given a magnificent cultural venue to be proud of," says Martin Šramko, CEO of Immocap.


    KCAP and CITYFÖRSTER were one of seven international architectural teams who were invited to share their visions. Property developer Immocap especially looked for an inventive urban solution with regards to the recovery of the cultural and social function and the revitalisation of public space, whose potential is currently neglected. The competition jury selected team KCAP as the winner. "KCAP is one of the absolute leaders of urbanism and architecture in Europe, but for us their way of thinking about the urban space and the challenges of this important location at Trnavské Mýto was important in particular," added Martin Šramko.


    Together with KCAP, CITYFÖRSTER developed a strong urban vision with the new multifunctional venue for concerts and conferences as the heart of the district. The proposal provides valuable public spaces on both the city and neighbourhood level, which can also be programmed for outdoor events. Furthermore, the project establishes new pedestrian connections to stitch the fragmented surrounding districts back together. The car-free public space optimizes the interchange between train, tram and bus, promoting these sustainable modes of transport.


    "The competition was challenging not only because of the competition of highly competent studios, but also because of the nature of the area and the many limitations associated with it. Our goal in all our projects is to make cities better places to live. For Bratislava and the area of Trnavské Mýto this means creating a neighbourhood that combines cultural and social life, quality public spaces for markets and cafés, a pleasant environment that brings a piece of nature to the city centre and a good connection to other parts of Bratislava. All in a balance that is environmentally sustainable and promotes a healthy lifestyle," explains Jeroen Dirckx, partner at KCAP.


    As winner of the competition, CITYFÖRSTER and KCAP received a masterplanning and architectural design commission to elaborate their vision. For KCAP and CITYFÖRSTER this is the first project in Slovakia. "Bratislava breathes with vitality and ambition, which creates an exciting work context for us. It follows the tradition of experimental and visionary architecture alongside historical aspects, which opens up the potential for an interesting dialogue. Together with a client who has an ambition and is willing to change social conventions, we can create architecture and urbanism that can serve as an example of future development of the city and achieve something truly exceptional, " says Martin Sobota, partner at CITYFÖRSTER.


    The project is currently in the second preparatory phase, where the investor, together with KCAP, CITYFÖRSTER and experts from the relevant areas, is working on a more specific form of the site, based on a number of detailed analyses, audits and studies, which examined the cultural and social needs of Bratislava.

    in progress
    2019
    Trnavské mýto 1
    831 04 Bratislava
    Slovakia
  • Space.Perspective.Würzburg.

    The „Space.Perspective.Würzburg." forms the basis for the redesign of the land use plan. The focus is on the concrete space, because only here can competing spatial demands be examined, weighed up and prioritised. Based on a variety of specialist analyses, site explorations and multi-faceted participation formats, a planning instrument case is created from the spatial image, area typology, spatial references, development focuses and synthetic future perspectives. All in all, this results in a strategic spatial image for the entire city, which on the one hand forms a strong framework and on the other hand can react flexibly to changing framework conditions. From this spatial information, very concrete strategic development goals can be derived for the land-use plan, which have already reconciled competition for space and contradictory requirements.

    completed
    2019
  • 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
    Vollga Durres, Rruga Taulantia
    Durres
    Albania
  • 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
  • Embassy Residences

    Embassy Residences aims to provide high-quality, family friendly and low energy housing units in the City Centre of Tirana, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
    The project responds to the mayor's ambition to limit the growth of the city and to counter sub-urban developments with a more diverse range of housing typologies. On top of a commercial plinth and two parking levels rises a series of stacked villas, connected by a semi-public stair. This serves as alternative circulation and additional, shared outside space to the apartments. The stair creates shortcuts between the apartments and a safe place for children to play and meet. The floorplans protect the privacy of the apartments but allow residents to sit on their porch or use the staircase to access their apartment when in the mood for a chat or a Friday afternoon drink.
    Research has led to a compact build-up of irrigated substrate layers that can support rich vegetation on the stair, balconies and roof terraces.
    The façade consists of two layers arranged according to insolation. A basic glass layer is protected by a secondary shading layer of anodized aluminium where it is not protected by surrounding buildings or cantilevering volumes.

    under construction
    2018
    Rruga Asim Zeneli, Tirana, Albania
    8303 Tirana
    Albania
  • Revitalizing Guitanghe

    The river Guitanghe in its current state holds complex problems for the urban development of Changsha. In the future, it is to be identified as a central and living lifeline in the city and its ecological, urban, social and cultural significance will be considerably increased.
    Based on a flood problem and different water levels of the Guitanghe, a dynamic urban development is created that considers water as a variable in dimensioning and programming of spaces. On this urban experimental field, innovative economic and urban development concepts intermesh. Changsha, a growing city, gets an ambitious, positive and future-oriented perspective.
    The river is going to play a major role as the central and linear centre of the city and, in addition to water management measures, offers the opportunity to make urban improvements and to connect Changsha via green and blue veins emanating from the river, both within the city and outwards. The Guitanghe will work as a green lung and strengthen the urban ecosystem as well as it will provide the city of Changsha with a new identity through local recreation areas and social and cultural infrastructure.

    completed
    2019
  • 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
  • Lively skyscraper ensemble

    The city of Berlin is characterized by solitary peaks that build up little connection to each other. The skyscraper confetti thus forms the opposite position to the clearly defined perimeter block development. The design area, as a gateway to the densely populated area of the City West, brings the great potential of four related properties and their simultaneous development. A cluster of 2-3 high points will be formed on each plot, inspired by the diverse buildings in the surrounding area. The distribution of the building mass on different high points makes the buildings resilient and efficient, since they can be divided and used differently. The concept is based on the continuation of the diverse and sophisticated urban structure while at the same time ensuring high land utilisation. By emphasizing the intersection as an urban, high-density hotspot, a new location with special centrality and distinct urban conciseness is created.

    Idea
    2018
  • 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
  • New Axis Monheim

    The city of Monheim am Rhein looked for concepts for the transformation of the shopping center Monheimer Tor and its surroundings, which connect the city center of Monheim with the neighboring district "Berliner Viertel" to the south.

    The main principle of the design is a new urban axis that connects the two unequal halves of Monheim and adds new urban spaces in the form of two squares with different characters. The area is densified with mixed city blocks, in which flexibly usable plinths are combined with residential and office space. The mall is partially corrected and rebuilt on the south side, creating new entrances and passageways and giving the south side of the building an attractive new face.

    The design underlines Monheim's urban ambitions. The threat of further land consumption and the growing need for mobility connected to it is opposed by a concept that aims at inner-city densification, intensification, and flexible mixed uses.

    Idea
    2018
    Rathausplatz 20
    40789 Monheim
    Deutschland
  • Unfold Rosenstein

    The project completes Stuttgarts inner city. Like a mosaic, three new quarters fit into the existing situation and create an extension of the district with a strong and individual character. The three new quarters refer structurally to their surroundings and create together with their own „centres" strong identities. The common „urbangreen ribbon" connects the inner part of the city with the surrounding and creates a mutual meetingspace. By doing so the barrier of the track curve can be dismantled and transferred into a new central open space concept with an inner green lung. In the new eastern district-seam, the historical park meets mediating landscape, various leisure offers and finally the new district. A central key in the Rosenstein mosaic are the large school campuses, which act as joints between the new quarters and merge the open-space „seam" with the „urban green ribbon". In this way the project is embedded in Stuttgarts large-scale green system and is at the same time strengthening the connection to the Neckar, to Bad Cannstatt and the whole city of Stuttgart.

    Idea
    2018
  • Gardencity 21. Green-urban-connected.

    The fringes of the city hold the promise to live in connection to nature, surrounded by landscape, open space and informal structures. At the same time, areas like these are criticized for their lack of functions, their boredom and their consumption of natural resources. How then – in the spirit of Ebenezer Howard - to create a "green urbanity" which is more diverse, dense, socially mixed and productive while at the same time maintaining the special qualities of the city edge? For the German BBSR, The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development we developed scenarios on How the Garden City can be translated to the 21st Century?

    A viable model can only ensue when spatial principles and specific qualities are brought and thought together with the processes, structures and stakeholders that shape the city. The planning approach for Garden City 21 therefore draws its topics, concepts and strategies from the context. Four sample areas illustrate how built and unbuilt intertwine, how aspects of a Garden City can be developed not only on the fringes of the city and how it can embrace local competences, programs and structures.
    Scenario-based designs and strategic stories are the starting point, and are used to illustrate the qualities of urban and open spaces, so as to be able to discuss them with stakeholders.

    Link to publication: 'Gartenstadt 21', Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung

    completed
    2017
    Am Markt 21, 28195 Bremen, Duitsland
    Bremen
    Germany
  • Cross-over

    At the junction between the media harbour area and the economical harbour area, a vibrant district is created, which has the interlacement of space, atmosphere and program as its principle. An encounter place for working, researching, inventing and recovering with a strong connection to the water arises. Two differentiated loops form the basic open-space framework. Central is the entirely experienceable loop of the leisure harbour with the urban city beach, green terraces, rowing club, marina and the "Kesselplatz" - square at the top of the peninsula. Future-oriented is also the industrial harbour, which fits as a second cycle in the system, as the industrial world 4.0 changes. Both "ports" get their new head-end structure through the Pier-One. The loops are connected via 6 public spaces, so-called braces, which pave the way for three squares - Kesselplatz, Hafenplatz and city beach - creating customized meeting places for visitors and residents equally. The urban structure is also characterised by the intermeshing of typologies and promotes innovation, creative work and vibrancy. This "striking harbour mixture" with towers, halls and bars forms the identity-creating and highly flexible structure for a vivid and multifunctional quarter.

    Idea
    2019
  • Dürres Beach Hotel

    When designing the Durres Beach Hotel in Golem, Albania, CITYFÖRSTER faced the challenge of creating quality within an unpromising context. Golem, a popular beach resort, enjoys a prime location on the sea and is set in a mountainous landscape. However, the village has suffered from uncontrolled development, resulting in a sprawling blanket of buildings. The site for the new hotel is located in the third row from the beach and faces a highway on the other side.
    On the other hand the site boasts a beautiful forest of mature Mediterranean pine trees and forms an anchor to a potential urban plaza in the south. In order to overcome the challenges, we designed a building rooted in the Modernist tradition, a compact building block surrounded by greenery. This layout provides the entire building with light, air and space, and secludes the rooms on lower floors from their direct surroundings. An elevated roof gardens compensates the footprint and adds to the overall quality of new hotel.
    All rooms have highly finished interiors, as well as balconies offering different views – either towards the sea, towards the mountains, or towards the trees. Each balcony is cladded in natural stone from different regions in Albania, which creates a distinct rhythm in the façade. The west façade corresponds to the adjacent buildings, whilst the east façade follows the patterns of trees. The end result is positive eyecatcher, clearly visible from the highway and the sea.

    under construction
    2017
    Shkembi i Kavajes, Rashbull, 2021, Albania
    Golem
    Albania
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Abedin Rexha nr 167, Tirana 1033, Albania
    1000 Tirana
    Albania
  • Open Neighbourhoods

    This urban design aims to create an attractive living environment for young families and couples, and to give a new impulse to a large social housing estate from the 1960's. The existing open block structure will be maintained, but is transformed into a structure with semi-private courtyards. Different typologies - i.e. houses with ground level access, apartments with open floor plans - add variation to the housing supply. Within the building blocks, elevated courtyards create a safe environment for social interaction between inhabitants, especially young families. Nonwithstanding their open character, these courtyards offer a clear visual and functional border between public and private space. Between the blocks, a sequence of car-free squares that draw on the surrounding structure contribute to a lively public space. To keep spaces as car-free as possible, most of the parking is organized in underground garages which are accessible from the edges of the block. By drawing on the existing structure, and by continuing the green belts and the existing rows of trees, the design creates a strong link with its surroundings.

    completed
    2016
    Erich-Klausener-Straße 1
    40789 Monheim am Rhein
    Germany
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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