Project Description

The idea of greenery and orientation towards the landscape in combination with density convey the qualities of historically grown urban structures in an image of a future-oriented city. The image of a classic, European-urban city consisting of different districts and characterised by diverse, clearly defined spatial sequences, represents the central idea of this design.

Integration and networking The edges of the district interlock with the landscape, hard edges are avoided, existing landscape elements are taken up and interlocked with the settlement body. A ring development will merge the three independent districts into one district. The ring has an effect on the structure of the individual quarters and creates a number of different squares and small street sequences. This is supported by the setting of urban dominants, partly in connection with square spaces and programming of the ground floor zones with public uses.

Social meeting room The Dietenbach is developed as a superordinate, continuous free space. It is connected to the open-space network throughout the city and serves as the main reference point at district level. A central twin square stages the bridge and connects both sides to form a “social meeting place”. Typologically, classic block structures are supplemented by means of green front areas and courtyards, street and path areas are developed with a high green component and are seen more as social spaces than as traffic spaces. The resulting open spaces and access areas offer views of the scenic backdrop of the Rhine Valley and integrate regional “landmarks” such as the Kaiserstuhl, Vosges, Kandel, etc. into the everyday perception of the residents.

Scale and Density The three quarters form spatially and typologically differentiated neighbourhoods. Clearly recognisable building typologies that are oriented according to the situation provide an inviting and urban atmosphere for living and working. These spatial qualities and open spaces create a home for everyone. “Local Neighbourhood Rooms” are the result of community facilities at the pocket parks. The interplay of room structure, quality of living and furnishings, as well as joint use, creates identities and manageable standards of neighbourhoods. Classical block typologies, supplemented with spots and lines are set on average as four to five-storey buildings.

Diversity and participation Public use is intended along the main axes in the ground floor zones. Social and cultural functions are arranged in the vicinity of the bridge structure over the Dietenbach River and support its function as a central “movement space.” The stipulated uses for communal use, education and care complement the residential location. Two industrial parks are located directly on the motorway feed road; along the B32, hybrid typologies are provided with service to the street and living by the yard in addition to the noise protection wall. In the stand-alone building, on the central urban square, there is a market hall on the ground floor as well as services and living on the upper floors.