Embedded in existing urban fabric
Rahmenplan Karlsruhe – Neureut
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Client: City of Karlsruhe Planning Department
Programme: Masterplan for the transformation of 24 ha of former agricultural land into a new housing/mixed use development for approximately 2.500 inhabitants, with related educational and retail facilities.
The competition site is located approximately 5km northwest of Karlsruhe’s centre and in close vicinity to two dominant green spaces: the meadowlands along the River Rhine in the West and the Hardtwald forest in the East. It is surrounded by existing housing areas of different scale and density and opens to the south to a vast green open space, where urban development is ruled out for the future.
The spatial concept is developed out of the existing urban fabric: The adjacent neighborhoods are extended into the site to form five development areas of similar size. The main structural element is a large green centre which establishes numerous links to the existing web of public spaces and traffic infrastructure. By opening to the south, the greenery is drawn into and dispersed throughout the site, forming park-edge situations for a large share of the adjacent buildings.
The highest building density is concentrated along the park edges to give a maximum number of dwellings direct exposure to greenery. Towards the inside of the development areas lower typologies are introduced benefitting from private gardens and a cosier, more intimate atmosphere.
2018 prequalified competition, honourable mention
MLA+: Anna Khodyreva, Christoph Michael, Maximilian Müller
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