2019/04/23

MLA+ wins the 2nd Prize in an international design competition for the regeration of the former Telekom Tower in Konstanz, DE

MLA+ has been awarded the second prize in the international design competition for the regeneration of the Telekom Tower in Konstanz, Germany. The competition was held by BPD Property Development.

The former telecom location with the existing 14-storey office building and its surrounding buildings will be developed into a residential neighborhood with kindergarten and subordinate commercial functions. The existing high-rise is the defining building of this part of the city and an important landmark of Konstanz, visible from the old town, as well as being a reference point from the railway line to Singen.

The brief asked for the transformation of the tower into a residential building while the other existing buildings are largely to be demolished and replaced. Through the placement and dimensioning of the new building volumes our proposed urban structure reacts precisely and cautiously to the found spatial conditions in the vicinity of the site.

The existing high-rise building is surrounded by small-scale structures reconnecting it to the human scale of the adjacent residential areas. To draw maximum quality from the unique location of the skyscraper the high-rise is expanded on its east, south and west side. Large protruding living spaces are introduced provide spectacular views of Lake Constance, the Alps, the old town of Constance, and the Rhine.

MLA+ won the second prize against stiff competition of 12 other offices, among others: Gruentuch Ernst, Alles Wird Gut, Bogevisch’s Buero, Blocher Partners and Juergen Mayer H. Ultimately we were beaten by Sauerbruch Hutton Architects from Berlin who won the first prize. 

We consider this a big success in a market we have entered just a year ago. In Germany, MLA+ currently is delivering housing schemes in Berlin and Munich.