The urban design of the relaxed block structures creates a new connection between the surrounding buildings in the surrounding area and the existing monolithic structure of the historic „chocolate factory“. Two clear lines of sight to the existing buildings develop through the neighbourhood streets, and a new centre with cafés and shops is created here by widening the open space at the intersection with the old building ensemble. This centre creates a density appropriate to the size of the neighbourhood and therefore a liveable and functioning urbanity. The public park, consisting of existing and new green open spaces, runs through the neighbourhood from west to east and provides a place to stay and pass through for the whole district. Furthermore, special urban points are marked by the placement of „anchor buildings“, which are designed with brickwork and thus build a bridge to the existing buildings. The character of the public park is shaped by a water feature consisting of various water surfaces. The park functions well as an urban building block. Large residential courtyards are created in the apartment blocks, each of which (almost) forms its own small, more private park. The broken-up block structures are interesting and allow for a variety of architectural formulations and building types. The façades of the new buildings are made of brick and light-coloured plaster––a similar material to the old buildings. The way the existing buildings are dealt with both on the urban planning level and with the architectural grain and materiality demonstrates a sensitive understanding of the existing site.

Status: 3rd Prize
, invited Competition, 2021
Programme: housing, school, business
Floor area: 115.000m²
Location: Mulheim, Germany

Soravia Investment Holding GmbH

Urban planning

SIMMA ZIMMERMANN LandschaftsarchitektInnen

Edoardo Barbato, Caroline Heidlauf, Thomas Kügerl, Adriano Brustle, Laura Calbucura

Bokeh Design

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