New Urban Living Bonn, Deutschland 2016

Residential blocks with private coutyards are grouped around a cental, open space. We keep this significant part of the competition area as a landscape park for the district. As a place for an integrative encounter, the park promotes the identification and cohesion of the mixed neighborhood.  “Living at the park” becomes the characteristic quality and address for the the new city district.

Competition, 2. Rank – Landeswettbewerb NRW

 

 

External Partners

FabrikB, Berlin

Clients

Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (MBWSV)

Status

Competition

Maidar Eco City Ulaanbaarar, Mongolia 2012 - 2016

The Maitreya Statue and its cultural area are situated at one of the most beautiful locations south of the Bogad Khan Mountains. South of the site, a new highway is planned to connect Ulaanbaatar to the new airport south of the Bogad Khan Mountains. In this location, the city structure of Maidar City is designed to be a complete city of about 25.000 inhabitants in the first phase and to have about 200.000 inhabitants at the end. The main characteristic of the functional distribution are the “urban arteries”, which mark the location of center functions like shops, restaurants, offices and commercial uses in general. They provide central functions for the whole city as well as for the different districts. According to the principles of an EcoCity the functional distribution is ordered according to the demands of short distances of each function to residential areas. Each part of the city provides full services to its inhabitants in a distance not more than 1km. Facilities for daily use should be reached in waking distances of about 400m.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz

Clients

Maidar City LLC

Size

54 km²

Status

Planning

Jining City Culture Center Jining, China 2014 - 2016

Jining, the birthplace of Confucius in east China‘s Shandong Province, is building up a new city center about six kilometers south of the historic old town. A stadium and numerous office buildings for companies and authorities have been already completed.  The Jining City Culture Center, on the shores of the Taibai Lake, will further stimulate the development of new district. Based on our masterplan proposal, we will plan the Folk Arts Center, while architects from China will plan the the City Library (Jingtang He), from the Japan the Art Museum (Ryue Nishizawa)  and from Italy  the Culture Museum (Mario Botta). The master plan for the 53.5 hectare site, which provides a gross floor area of 385.00 m² building, suggests a clear structure: The Cultural buildings in the west and the commercial buildings in the east are connected by a raised platform that allows views of the nearby lake from this higher point of view.

Partner

Reinhard Angelis, Ziyu Zhuang

Size

53,5 ha

Status

Realized

Traffic Business District Core Area Qingdao, China 2010 - 2016

An important region in Eastern China, Shandong Province has seen substantial change in its economic landscape in recent years. Much of this development has been concentrated in Qingdao where we assigned to devise the masterplan of the Traffic Business District Core Area of Qingdao. Each new railway station in size of Qingdao New Station attracts a new city district with various functions: commerce, entertainment, residential and a lot of work places. Our aim is, to concentrate and mix this functions in a way, that they can strengthen each other and guarantee a vivid city life throughout the whole daytime. We want to create a city, which can offer all requirements of life in each place in a walking distance. Energy wasting, private cars must not longer be a necessary part of quality of life. We want to create a district, which is related to the people concerned to the history of the place and the demands of the time.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz

Size

2 km²

Status

Realized

Tianjin Culture District Tianjin, China 2008

Tianjin has many smaller park-areas. This vast area offers the possibility to create something like a representative “garden-saloon” for the city. We therefore decided to keep a core area as parquet free of any buildings suitable to accomodate a variety of public events, for example expositions, festivals, concerts, public viewing of football matches or the Olympics. This parquet is accompanied by elevated terraces, on the northside covering the shopping area , in the south as boulevard  lined by such outstanding cultural buildings as the library, the museums, the theatre etc. These buildings together with the impressive scenery of the congress- and entertainment complex on the north side make up for an adequate architectonical setting of the park area, supported in the second line by highrisers along the accompanying streets. On the eastside we have reset  the building- front for the adjacent quarter to give the architectonical frame for the park a clear rectangular contour. Only in the west the new city garden remains wide open to emprace the city hall and grant free transition to the existing park-area and the boulevard leading to the stadium area.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz, Christian Schaller, Joachim Koob, Frédéric Ripperger

External Partners

Atelier Dreiseitl, WLA architects (Wolf Löbel)

Size

75 ha

Status

Realized

Xuzhou Coalmine Xuzhou, China 2012

On a former colliery site is created an ecological showcase, which is committed to the principles of environmental and climate protection and sustainable urban development. In the industrial areas in the old colliery buildings various attractions are to be settled according to the model of the Zollverein colliery in Essen, to attract visitors from the city of Xuzhou and Jiangsu Province including Mining Museum, Showrooms for future energy technologies, Seminar and training rooms for all aspects of energy supply, environmental protection and sustainable urban development, Areas for open-air events, Event Hall for music, theater and festivals, Recreational activities in connection with the planned watercourse and existing forest areas, Restaurants, cafes, Shopping village and shopping malls. The adjacent residential areas are developed according to the latest environmental standards and the requirements of a Chinese certification and serve as showpieces in which those shown in the showrooms, cutting-edge technologies and design methods find their application.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz

Clients

RAG Quantai Mining Ltd.

Size

200 ha

Status

Competition

Sino-Singapore Eco City Tianjin, China 2009

The Eco Valley is backbone and main identifying element of the Tianjin Eco City. Below this continuous green corridor of 12 km length, a new subway line will connect the districts and the center of this new city for 350.000 people. The figure of the Eco Valley in its general form is defined by its scenic situation near the river, via the curve of the old canal, as well as by the interpretation of this situation by the master plan. The double intersection of the Eco Vall and the canal forms a natural inner core with a unique inner character. The isthmus area which is formed between the two water courses is reserved for research, conferences and exhibitions. To the north and south are situated two areas of contrasting character. The interior urban structure of this central bone is different in scale and shape from the surrounding urban texture. The core area is set off of the surrounding corpus of the city by clearly defined building flights and a surrounding green cordon. This interior urban structure is different in scale and shape from the surrounding urban texture.

Partner

Christian Schaller, Stefan Schmitz, Frédéric Ripperger

External Partners

Atelier Dreiseitl (Landscape), Wolf Loebel architects

Size

34 km²

Status

Competition

Ocean Shipping Group Campus Qingdao, China 2014

The planning area is located in the center of the „Qingdao International Marine Equipment Science and Technology City“ in the northern part of Qingdao. The site is free from existing buildings, the original road system divides it into 8 equal plots. Starting point of our design is the desired typological mix. By superimposing the desired typological mix with the planning site we create a transformation of the internal road system, the eight formerly uniform plots expand or downsize as required. This creates a new, more complex traffic network that adapts to the typological mix. The reorganization of the road system has some advantages. Only one road now crosses the planning area directly. All other roads are deflected inside the area, preventing unwanted through traffic. Two of the newly created plots remain free of buildings, leaving space to create green public parks. Two other plots along the main road will be reserved  for community services. The result is a leisure and community services sxis at the interface between living in the north and working and shopping in the south. Here is where the staff of the offices and residents can meet.

Partner

Frédéric Ripperger

Size

53 ha

Status

Competition

Caofeidian Eco City Tangshan, China 2009

One of the main identifying elements of this new city district is an interior pedestrian promenade  from north to south connecting the northern residential districts with the commercial center, BRT-Line and public education facilities in the core area and leading to the south ending up on the tourist and leisure core and  port area at the  waterfront. A sequence of plazas accompanies this pedestrian promenade and high towers mark its course in the silhouette of the peninsula. Next to this urban and public track there is a more semi-public interior green connection that has its beginning on the main plaza of the commercial core area, traverses the residential quarters in the south, comes out on the green side of the waterfront area and is ending up in a nucleus of seaside villas on the shore. This residential promenade has the character of a green belt integrating eco stepping stones and slightly sunken areas for storm water retention. Besides providing space for recreation and outdoor-sports this green belt is important as green lung balancing the local climate in the urban setting.

Partner

Christian Schaller, Frédéric Ripperger

External Partners

Atelier Dreiseitl (Landscape), WLA architects (Wolf Löbel)

Clients

Tangshan Caofeidian International Eco-city Recycling Economy and Eco-development Investment Co., Ltd.

Size

1.4 Mio. m²

Status

Competition

Zuunmod Eco City Zuunmod, Mongolia

Zuunmod is the capital of Mongolia‘s central province Töv, which surrounds the capital city Ulaanbataar. To meet the requirements of further urbanization, the growth of Zuunmod will be regulated by the new eco master plan. As a pilot project, the master plan implements highest environmental standards for the development which, if successful, will be the new development model for all cities of the province. The main goals are an ecologically-urban development, sustainable design, low carbon emissions, clean air and clean water, a safe environment and social harmony, which will attact a borad public. The strive for sustainable urban development is promoted at government level to implementmore resource-efficient and energy-saving concepts in the future. Due to the early industrialization the environmental protection has a long tradition in Europe and examples of city transformation in high quality were already realized. From this knowledge, the city of Zuunmod can benefit in its future development.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz

Size

7 km²

Status

Planning

Railway Eco Business District Xuzhou, China 2009

The future Eco Business District South covers an area of 26 km² and is now mostly farmland with only one village. The existing pattern is made up by fields and canals. Our urban design layout is based on these already existing structures, preserving the canals as green corridors. A newly created green belt connects the suburban railway station in the north with the Luliang mountain scenic area to the south and integrates the existing village as historic site. This green network creates independent quarters. The road system is offset from the green network to preserve the natural environment of the canals. At the crossing of the road system arteries each quarter has its own sub centre with all functions for everyday life. The two main element of the transportation system are the ring boulevard with a tramway and the extension of the line 2 subway. Arterial roads connect the ring boulevard with the surrounding areas. The use of renewable energy supply, storm water management, priority to pedestrians and cyclists, efficient public transport systems, smart parking solutions and a car-free environment wherever possible are amongst the sustainable city objectives of the Railway Station Eco Business District  South. Blocks with different uses and a vertical mix of functions in the core area create a vibrant city of short distances to recreation, commerce and work. The structure of independent quarters allows adopting the urban layout to changing demands and conditions in the future easily, the master plan is never out-dated.

Partner

Christian Schaller, Stefan Schmitz, Joachim Koob, Judith Kusch, Frédéric Ripperger

Size

26 km²

Status

Competition

Jimo New Railway Station CBD Jimo, China 2013

Jimo is located on China‘s east coast in Shandong Province in close proximity to Qingdao. Due to the proximity to the Marshan River, which crosses the project site, and Marshan Park with its unique landscape, the City of Jimo is a popular tourist destination. The car free shores of the Marshan River generate attractive business and leisure opportunities, which are supplemented by waterfront residential developments. A corona of highrise office buildings surrounds the central park in front of the new Jimo Railway Station. Starting from the river, nature elements are woven into the urban texture to create an eco-friendly envionment for this district. This green grid for pedestrian and cyclists connects the central park to the surrounging residential, cultural and leisure areas.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz

Size

2,5 ha

Status

Competition

Yingde GRAM Eco Park Guangzhou, China 2011

The Yingde Gram Eco Park is planned as a residential and recreational park with respectful integration into the surrounding nature, taking into account environmental aspects that connects an attractive living environment with a colorful, cultural activities and tourist features. Existing traditional houses are integrated into the master plan and supplemented by new residential buildings, the residents have a strong identification with their individual expression. The character of the unique landscape is also respected by the low heights, lest the architecture dominates the area. Gram Eco Park is also the starting point for hiking  and horseriding excursions that complement the green image of the city. A modern sustainable approach with advanced solutions for the infrastructure and the implementation of green building  principles are important elements for the eco-tourism concept.

Partner

Stefan Schmitz, Frédéric Ripperger

Size

7 km²

Status

Competition

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