Day Care Centre Ernst Fahlbusch | Göttingen

1. Prize | Day Care Centre Ernst Fahlbusch


In collaboration with pape+pape Architekten

With the new building of the day care centre, another educational and social facility is integrated into the existing urban situation of the city. A spacious forecourt including parking spaces forms the entrance area and offers enough space for daily exchange among parents or for events of the KITA. Various climbing and balancing facilities, a covered sand playground and other play and retreat facilities create a sensory stimulating play experience for all age groups. A separate movement area for the crèche contains further play and learning elements for toddlers. The outdoor space is complemented by beds for all children to sow and harvest their own crops. The generously planned terrace also offers the opportunity to taste delicious fruits and herbs from the snack garden.


Large contiguous green spaces, green roofs and terraces throughout, and a few paved areas create an overall concept that is close to nature and blends sensitively into the existing green space. Offsets in the cubature of the building figure and the resulting interior layout create clear allocations and zoning in the open space:

A spacious forecourt, which integrates the turning loop including parking spaces into the design, leaves plenty of space for daily exchange among parents and offers an ideal place for occasional KITA events. A linear play sculpture (which also integrates the wood workshop and the tool shed, among other things) offers a play experience that stimulates all the senses for all age groups, from various climbing and balancing opportunities, a covered sand playground to retreat and cuddle boxes. At the same time, the movement areas of the KIGA and KRIPPE are spatially separated as a matter of course.  The outdoor area for the CRIPPER groups can be separated from the rest of the play area by low wooden gates if necessary and will have its own sandbox with deck and playhouse and a small grassy hill with a toddler slide. Enough space remains that further play facilities could be arranged. Beds for sowing and harvesting are provided for both age groups.  The terrace at the dining area is embedded in a snack garden with a rich offer of delicious fruits and herbs and screened from the rest of the grounds by low fruit hedges. In the rest of the grounds, too, the shrub borders are enriched with strawberries, blueberries and mint; all shrubs and trees are fruiting and/or suppliers of craft materials such as nut and fruit trees or chestnuts. The green corridor running in a north-south direction with trees worth preserving is completely preserved.

Milestone Federal district | Bonn

Recognition | Milestone Federal district


In collaboration with Schneider + schumacher

The high-rise integrates into the block-like structure and serves as a residential and office building with a variety of ground floor uses. The open spaces consist of a lit inner courtyard in the foyer and a publicly accessible green plaza.

The urban development concept envisages two compact solitaires on the two plots – together with the adjacent buildings they form an ensemble with a spatially clearly defined “green plaza”. The ground floor is intended for public use. A foyer at the corner of Ollenhauerstrasse and the future plaza marks an open entrance. A green inner courtyard in the foyer on the ground floor is thus invitingly perceptible into the urban space. Smaller commercial uses, restaurants, cafés, bakeries and fitness studios are proposed uses on the ground floor, which could also be laundromats or to-go markets depending on the tenancy. The flats will have balconies and can be designed as 2- to 4-room flats (at the corners of the building). Due to the noise emission on Oscar-Romero-Allee, the residential use should be realised in the part of the building facing the plaza. Thus, half of the high-rise building would be office and the other half residential. This makes sense because of the address formation, development, facade structure and the shaft layout.

The urban setting creates a strongly greened outdoor space that offers an attractive place to spend time outdoors, even if the first building block is realised exclusively. The continuous carpet of large-format, finely nuanced gray-beige slabs is structured by planting areas in such a way that the access area and areas for outdoor catering are kept generously open. At the same time, quiet and sheltered lounging areas are created without the need for consumption, taking into account all walkways and potential pedestrian shortcuts. The lush, low-maintenance grass/shrub plantings display a continuous, changing flush of flowers throughout the year. They are somewhat lowered to provide retention space in the event of flooding and also absorb normal precipitation so that rainwater only has to be discharged into the sewage system in exceptional cases via the raised inlets. All access roads, delivery and fire brigade parking areas can easily be integrated into the open space concept. For a short break in between or a longer stay outside, benches with and without backrests are arranged along the planting beds, partly across the corner. Loosely arranged sophores show their creamy white blossoms in June, when no other trees are in flower, and amber trees with their scarlet autumn foliage are placed in such a way that both shady and sunlit areas are created.

Gassnerallee Customs Port | Mainz

1. Prize | Gassnerallee customs port


In collaboration with schneider + schumacher

The new building ensemble consisting of a day-care centre and a three-field sports hall plays a special role in the Zollhafen district, which is otherwise dominated by residential and commercial areas. The new building parts occupy the site mainly as single-storey buildings. The day care centre has a multipurpose room on the upper floor with a terrace in front. As a contrast to an urban environment in which children grow up in multi-storey residential buildings, all groups receive their own small ‘house’ with a direct ground-floor connection to the outdoor space, which, in addition to play areas for all, also offers smaller, sheltered and covered spaces. The three-court sports hall is buried by one storey to attractively interweave the activities inside with the surrounding urban space via the glass façade. The optional padel court is located at the northern tip of the site. Farm bike parking is located along the building to the east and south.


Garden City Allendorf | Bad Salzungen

1. Prize | Garden City Allendorf

Bad Salzungen

In collaboration with Benkert Schäfer Architekten

For the open space, an attractive sequence from public to private green is proposed – from the “green centre” on the slope, to the more intimate residential courtyards with meeting places and tenants’ gardens, to the private gardens directly at the house – generous balcony zones and façade greening also enable greenery on the upper floors with their own cultivation possibilities. The largely car-free neighbourhood is accessed from the outside, and sufficient parking spaces are provided for stationary traffic on the peripheries. For emergency vehicles and individual deliveries, parking areas and visitor and handicapped parking spaces are available at a maximum distance of 50 m from each building, quiet play streets allow direct access to each flat.

The urban structure of the new Garden City Allendorf will be embedded in a green area with lush planting of various tree species as well as shrub, perennial and grass plantings, with the aim of achieving a high degree of biodiversity and creating a diverse habitat for humans and animals. A low degree of sealing is aimed at in order to form a high urban climatic comfort. The aim is to develop the garden city into an attractive landscape space with an interflowing green structure that has a park-like character and thus creates a high degree of open space quality. The open space structure of the neighbourhood features private, semi-public and public open spaces that offer the residents places of retreat and places to come together, thus generating a diverse and attractive range of places to stay. The urban structure creates several semi-public inner courtyards, which are barrier-free places with multifunctional use and mediate between the residents spatially.

The neighbourhood is interconnected with the surrounding area and creates links to the city centre and the historic graduation house, thus representing an important building block in the overarching urban structure. The “green axis” in the centre of the garden city, which merges with the inner courtyards to form a large garden landscape and gives the site a uniform, distinctive and typical character, represents a special open space potential. Like the other areas of the garden city, it is also designed to be barrier-free and connects all areas of the neighbourhood from north to south and east to west in a terrace-like manner, with enclosed play and recreation areas. The neighbourhood square forms the head of the “green centre” in the centre of the neighbourhood and creates a clearly defined meeting place.

In the residential courtyard 1a, two summerhouses are provided for residents to store bicycles and rubbish containers. In addition, there is a small garden shed in the centre of the courtyard to store gardening equipment and furniture. The courtyards have semi-public open spaces such as a courtyard square, neighbourhood garden and vegetable gardens, thus generating leisure and recreational functions for the residents.


The aim is to drain the rainwater within the neighbourhood and thus create synergies that generate positive climatic and design aspects. Rainwater is channelled into the adjacent open spaces and collected in swales and retention areas. Sealed areas are also drained into the adjacent green spaces and, if necessary, collected in open swales. Part of the rainwater is collected in underfloor trenches and fed to the trees. The aim is to infiltrate, store and evaporate the rainwater within the neighbourhood and thus improve the microclimate.

The open space concept aims to create spatially diverse and differentiated open space typologies that structure the neighbourhood and, in combination with the urban design, lend it identity. Special attention is paid to climatic aspects, which is expressed by the low degree of sealing and the associated high degree of infiltration and high biodiversity.


New Campus Mathematics and Computer Science University of Münster | Münster

3. Prize | New Campus Mathematics and Computer Science University of Münster


In collaboration with Atelier30

The urban design concept places the new building with setbacks along Einsteinstrasse, defining the main access into the building and the access to campus. A central campus plaza is created with zoned green spaces and pathways that create attractive open spaces and logical diagonal crossings. 

There is street-side planting of field maple and green islands with shade plantings of climate-resistant bluebell trees and Japanese corded trees in groups with integrated benches. The plateau of the institute garden on the 3rd floor forms an accessible green open space with a high quality of stay. A pedestrian passage in connection with a greening of small trees, shrubs, hedges and grasses creates an additional spatial network of the seminar areas in this area, which are assigned to the individual institutes. Various seating options with awnings and planters invite people to linger and engage in scientific discussions. The sustainable concept includes a CO2 neutral building with climate relevant aspects. For the landscape architecture this means green facades and roofs, rainwater harvesting for irrigation of the planting areas, support of biodiversity and microclimate.


Stephansstift Green District , Building Site 5 - nursing home, senior housing | Hannover

Recognition | Green Quarter Stephansstift, Building Site 5 – nursing home, senior housing


In cooperation with RKW Architektur +

In the south of the newly created ‘Green District’, a new nursing home building is being planned with associated open space which, due to its location, will function as an entrance to the new neighbourhood. In order to do justice to this task, the scheme offers a generous, open square composed of water-bound road surface, which picks up on the tree motif from the existing buildings to the south. This large square acts as a distinctive marker to signify the main entrance to the southern building block. In addition, the entire square is designed as an infiltration-ready porous surface.

The newly planned inner courtyard of the new building forms the heart of the open space. The generously sized circular lawn is bordered by seating elements, so activities that normally take place in the building can also take place in the open air. This space is surrounded by a dense grove of trees (Alnus incana), which gradually thins out as it progresses from the lawn into the rest of the courtyard, and creates shady places in which to relax. The inner courtyard lawn is designed topographically as a retention area, connected to a French drain cistern system, which not only provides water for the trees, but also stores rainwater.

The areas surrounding the buildings are designed as retention areas. These are supplemented by planting site-appropriate shrubs and grasses that promote biodiversity and create a varied appearance.

The entire drainage system functions as an open swale drain combined with retention areas where rainwater is first collected and can then slowly seep away. A large portion of the accumulated rainwater can thus either seep away or evaporate on site.

Plankerheide | Krefeld

3. Prize | Plankerheide


In collaboration with schneider + schumacher

Urban islands in the green

Urban and open space planning concept

The outstanding quality of the new neighbourhoods is their location between the park-like cemetery and the nature reserve of the Bruch. The concept organises the neighbourhoods as islands in the green space and creates connections via green corridors between the cemetery and the fields. Manageable settlement contexts are created, each with its own centre and different focal points. These focal points correspond to the functional requirements, which in turn refer to the location to Fischeln’s town centre as well as to the traffic connections.
It seems sensible, for example, to locate the public functions of the House of Education with primary school, parent centre and day care centre, as well as the sports halls in the north, where the tram and the K-Bahn provide convenient transport links. Here, a multi-storey car park and a few stopping places have also been chosen in an accessible location that does not require crossing the residential quarters to pick up children from school or daycare. The area on Kölner Straße is already separated from the other areas of the development by the southern cemetery area. It therefore makes sense to establish a separate urban village context here. In addition to the residential buildings with terraced houses, semi-detached houses and apartment buildings, an above-ground neighbourhood car park adapted to the number of parking spaces required is located here, as in the other two islands. The middle island, which adjoins the cemetery area to the east, has a similar but somewhat more organic structure.
The islands themselves have blocks of different sizes that are semi-open around a courtyard. This structure refers to the existing square courtyards in the neighbouring landscape and interprets them further. The development of the courtyard connections features all different types of housing to allow for a good social mix and interaction between the generations. 

Traffic/mobility concept

The concept is based on the idea of creating a low-traffic neighbourhood that should not be crossed by MIV. The existing connection at the edge of the area between Eichhornstraße and Kölner Straße is to continue to be reserved for cyclists and pedestrians only. A new, spacious traffic area connects the centres of the islands and is designed as a shared space. Only a few private vehicles will be on the road there; in the future, the self-driving shuttle will operate here. The tree-lined street space offers space for all road users and, thanks to its furniture, surfacing and high-quality fittings, is a space for neighbourhood residents to meet.  The neighbourhood garages contain parking spaces on the upper floors, while the ground floor is to provide additional uses such as a bicycle shop with a workshop, a kiosk, if possible, a café, and of course a bicycle garage as well as opportunities to rent bicycles, e-bikes, cargo bikes, scooters, trolleys for transporting shopping home, etc. The neighbourhood garages are also to be equipped with a bicycle park. The network of paths for pedestrians and cyclists connects as well as possible with the paths in the surrounding area and the cemetery and develops them further into the neighbourhoods.

Open space: design elements

The urban design figure divides the open space very naturally into attractive public square and play street areas without traffic impact, semi-public residential courtyards and the private green spaces allocated to the ground floor flats. All square and street spaces follow the principle of the sponge city with the highest possible proportion of infiltration-capable pavements, sunken tree beds for rainwater retention and a balanced mix of green and paved areas to create an optimal amenity and play area. Where appropriate, rainwater is channelled into open gutters and ditches and, where possible, infiltrated into the area. All footpaths in and through the neighbourhood are naturally linked to the network of paths in the cemetery and the surrounding area. In addition to the obligatory climate resilience of the large trees, the plant selection is oriented towards a flower-rich, near-natural appearance with high drought tolerance, which not only strengthens biodiversity but also offers varied flowering aspects throughout the year. The furniture in timeless design under the motto Less-is-More aims at the highest possible utility value for all age groups and is built in a robust, vandalism-proof design. If there is sufficient interest, the designation of areas for social farming in the inner courtyards of the blocks is conceivable. These are designed as meeting places for the closer neighbourhood with play facilities for the younger children, communicative bench and table groups and sufficient lawn areas for playing and storage. 

Economy and sustainability

A sustainable neighbourhood is defined above all by changeable, flexible but durable structures of development and building. Materials and furnishings are of high quality, and are planned to be recyclable throughout. Sealing is kept to a minimum, which can be achieved by reducing the number of drivable areas. The near-natural design of the meadow areas favours biodiversity and the water balance; the continuation of the characteristic tree population from the cemetery into the green corridors also ensures a pleasant, cool microclimate. Square areas are sparsely paved, action areas can also be designed with water-bound surfaces and are shaded by typical square trees and enhanced with water features or fountains. The courtyard areas are suitable locations for shady tree plantings because they are not underpinned by underground garages, so that overall a green, tree-covered neighbourhood is created that has a favourable climate for people and the environment.
Popular neighbourhoods are sustainable neighbourhoods: Following on from the spacious, tree-lined residential areas of the north of Krefeld, a neighbourhood with a generous, relaxed atmosphere is to be created here, with which the residents like to identify and which enables a modern, casual and diverse existence in harmony with the surroundings.

On the way to the lake | Inden-Schophoven

3. Prize | On the way to the lake


Inden Schophoven’s new green centre.

Freiraumkonzept ❘ Das gesamte Umland wird in den kommenden Jahren einen großen Wandel durchlaufen. Ein raumumgreifendes Industriegebiet, das unzugänglich ist, wird zu einem weitläufigen Naherholungsgebiet mit See, das der Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung gestellt wird. So wird auch Inden Schophoven einen starken Wandel durchlaufen. Dieser Wandel bietet eine große Chance für zukunftsfähige Entwicklungen, da an die Region nicht nur durch den Nutzungswandel große Anforderungen gestellt werden, sondern auch durch das sich ändernde Klima. Der Entwurf geht auf diese beiden wesentlichen Faktoren ein. Der zukünftige Park wird sich in das touristische Konzept der Region einbinden und gleichzeitig einen zukunftsfähigen Naherholungsraum mit Blaugrüner Infrastruktur bieten, während eine Sichtachse vom Gut Müllenark bis zum See gebildet wird. Als Ergänzung zur Gestaltung des Parks, wird auch das Gut Müllenark in die Gestaltung miteinbezogen. Hier wird in Zukunft auf den Tourismus eingegangen und ein begrünter Innenhof mit gemütlichen Sitzgelegenheiten für Gastronomie und Hotelbetrieb entstehen.

Blaugrünes Band ❘ Der Park erstreckt sich vom Gut Müllenark bis zur künftigen Seekante. Dabei verbindet ein geschwungener Weg diese beiden Orte wie selbstverständlich miteinander. Begleitet wird der Weg von einer ebenfalls geschwungenen Retentionsmulde, die sich im Verlauf bis zum See teilt und damit eine Insel ausbildet. Das Konzept sieht vor, dass nicht nur das auf dem Parkgelände anfallendes Regenwasser hier gesammelt wird, versickert und verdunstet, sondern auch das Regenwasser der umliegenden öffentlichen Bereiche in den Park und in die Retentionsmulde geleitet wird. So entsteht hier nach starken Regenereignissen ein Wasserlauf bis in den See. Bei normalen Regenfällen bilden sich einzelne Pfützen innerhalb der Mulde. So entsteht hier ein stetiger Wechsel von einer wasserführenden Mulde und einer trockenen bespielbaren Mulde. Eine Auswahl an resilienten Pflanzen stellt genau diese Anforderungen in den Vordergrund. Neben der zentralen Mulde, werden auch Bereiche auf den restlichen Flächen etwas vertieft, so dass auch diese Bereiche bei Starkregen als Rückhalteflächen zur Verfügung stehen.

Modellierung ❘ Der gesamte Parkbereich wird den Anforderungen und Nutzungen entsprechend modelliert. Ziel ist es dabei, dass das gesamte Material vor Ort bleibt. Das Aushubmaterial aus der Mulde wird genutzt, um kleine Hügel zu formen, die für Spiel und Aufenthalt genutzt oder bepflanzt werden. Die neue Insel wird ebenfalls mit dem Material überhöht und geformt. Intensive Begrünung mit Nist- und Nährgehölzen und Insektenhotels bieten hier einen Rückzugsort für Tiere.

Ressourcen und Bepflanzung ❘ Bei der Auswahl der Materialien steht der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Ressourcen im Vordergrund. Es wird hoher Wert auf kurze Lieferwege, Verwendung von lokalen Materialien und CO2-neutralen Produktionen gelegt. Der Umfang an befestigten Flächen wird bewusst klein gehalten. Lediglich der geschwungene Parkweg und die Zuwegungen werden aus einer Wassergebundenen Wegedecke hergestellt, deren Abstreu aus regionalen Mischungen erfolgt. Der Bereich am See wird entsprechend der Gesamtplanung zur Seepromenade befestigt. Die vorgelagerten Stufen bestehen aus Betonfertigelementen. Und bieten einen attraktiven Aufenthalt direkt am Wasser. Möbel und Spielgeräte im Park sind aus zertifiziertem, langlebigem Holz. Die Bepflanzung des Parks wird bewusst abwechslungsreich gestaltet. Intensiv begrünte Bereiche wechseln sich mit offenen Rasen- und Wiesenflächen ab. Zu den Rändern hin werden die Bereiche intensiver begrünt. Nicht nur die unterschiedlichen Bäume stehen enger, auch werden sie mit Sträuchern unterpflanzt. Diese sind Nährgehölze und bieten so Lebensräume für Tiere. Bei der Auswahl der Pflanzen wird auf Artenvielfalt und Zukunftsfähigkeit geachtet, um die Biodiversität im Park zu steigern.

Promenade und Übergang zum See ❘ Das Planareal 2, dass sich zwischen der Schlichstraße und dem künftigen See befindet, wird in mehreren Schritten entwickelt. Der vorhandene, komplett begrünte Schutzwall wird in den kommenden Jahren erhalten. Lediglich ein einfaches Wegenetz wird das Gebiet erlebbar machen. Der vom Gut Müllenark kommende, geschwungene Parkweg wird als kleiner Weg über den Wall weitergeführt und endet in einer Aussichtsplattform, von der aus die Entwicklung vom Tagebau bis zum See verfolgt werden kann. Aufgestellte Schautafel machen hier auf die Verwandlung aufmerksam. Auf dem Schutzwall selbst einstehen zwei temporäre Plätze, die zum Verweilen unter den Bäumen einladen. Um bereits die Verbindung zum entstehenden Park zu zeigen, ziehen sich die Mulden unter der Straße hindurch, bis an den Wall heran. Das anfallende Regenwasser kann somit direkt gesammelt werden. Um die beiden Plangebiete später zu einem gesamten Park zusammen zu führen und um sowohl eine Blickachse als auch eine wasserbauliche Verbindung vom Gut Müllenark zum See zu schaffen, wird der bestehende Schutzwall abgetragen.

Schlichstraße ❘ Um das sichere Queren der Schlichstraße zu gewährleisten wird ein Zebrastreifen ausgebildet, welcher es den Parkbesuchern ermöglicht, sicher die Straße zu Überqueren und so bequem von einem in den anderen Parkbereichen zu wechseln.

Beleuchtungskonzept ❘ Die entstehende Beleuchtung soll die nächtliche Atmosphäre gestalten und die Sicherheit der Besucher gewährleisten. Dunkle Ecken und potenzielle Gefahrenstellen werden ausgeleuchtet. Dies fördert die Nutzung des Parks auch während der Abendstunden und schafft ein Gefühl der Geborgenheit. Um Vandalismus vorzubeugen, werden ausreichend hohe Mastleuchten in regelmäßigen Abständen vorgesehen. Hierzu werden energiesparende LED-Leuchten verwendet, die nicht nur die Umwelt schonen, sondern auch die Betriebskosten reduzieren. Die Beleuchtung im Park wird zudem die Umgebung respektieren und die Tierwelt nicht stören.

Brunnenquartier | Karben

Recognition | Brunnenquartier


Freiraumkonzept ❘ Das Brunnenquartier in Karben wird ein zukunftsorientiertes Wohnquartier, das sich durch seine blaugrüne Infrastruktur auszeichnet. Ein wichtiger Baustein ist der Grünzug, mit den Parkflächen im Norden und Osten. Dieser verzahnt sich mit unterschiedlich breiten und unterschiedlich langen Grünfingern mit dem Quartier und bietet so mehr Qualität und gute Erreichbarkeit des Freiraums. Die Nähe zu Frankfurt und die direkte Anbindung an den Bahnverkehr, stellen zudem ein hohes Potenzial für das Quartier und dessen Entwicklung dar.

Quartiersplatz und Grünzüge Die Grünzüge rahmen und durchziehen das Quartier. Dabei verbinden die geschwungenen Wege die wesentlichen Orte wie selbstverständlich miteinander. Begleitet werden die Wege von ebenfalls geschwungenen Retentionsmulden, die sich im Verlauf mehrfach aufweiten und sogenannte ‚Wetlands‘ bilden. Das Konzept sieht vor, dass nicht nur das im Park anfallende Regenwasser hier gesammelt wird, versickert und verdunstet, sondern auch das Regenwasser aller umliegenden Bereiche der Wohnquartiere. So entstehen hier nach starken Regenereignissen Wasserläufe sowie breite Wasserflächen, die neben ihrem ökologischen Nutzen auch zum Spielen und Verweilen einladen. Bei normalen Regenfällen bilden sich nur einzelne Pfützen innerhalb der Mulde, bei längerer Trockenheit befindet sich kein Wasser in den Mulden. So entsteht hier ein steter Wechsel von wasserführenden zu trockenen Mulden. Eine Auswahl an resilienten Pflanzen stellt genau diese Anforderungen in den Vordergrund. Die Pflanzung zeigt auch bei trockenen Mulden an, dass sich hier feuchte Bereiche befinden. Neben der bewusst geformten Mulde werden weitere Flächen, wie z.B. die Sportflächen, etwas vertieft, so dass auch diese Bereiche bei Starkregen als Rückhalteflächen zur Verfügung stehen. Während die Grünzüge eher offen und frei in der Nutzung gestaltet werden, bildet der Quartierspark im Inneren einen stark genutzten Nachbarschaftspark. Hier befinden sich viele Treffpunkte und in direkter Nähe zur geplanten Kita ein großer Spielplatz mit einer Spiel- und Kletterskulptur aus zertifiziertem, langlebigem Holz.

Quartiersplätze ❘ Den Auftakt zum Quartierspark bildet ein kleiner, westlich anschließender Quartiersplatz der als Treffpunkt dient. Große Bäume spenden hier Schatten und Bänke bieten Raum für Aufenthalt. An den Seiten befinden sich Fahrradbügel. Der gesamte Platz besteht aus einer barrierefreien, wassergebundenen Wegedecke und geht unmittelbar in die Wegeführung durch die Grünzüge über. Der südliche Platz ist ein belebter Außenbereich. Hier befinden sich Geschäfte und Cafés, die zum Verweilen auf dem Platz einladen. Großzügige Pflanzflächen bieten auch hier Bereiche, in denen das Regenwasser gesammelt, versickert und verdunstet werden kann. Die befestigte Fläche soll so reduziert werden, dass großflächige Grünflächen entstehen können. Die Bäume in den Grünflächen verschatten auch die befestigten Flächen, um hier die sommerliche Erhitzung zu vermeiden und ein angenehmes Mikroklima zu schaffen.

Materialien und Bepflanzung ❘ Bei der Auswahl der Materialien steht der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Ressourcen im Vordergrund. Es wird hoher Wert auf kurze Lieferwege, Verwendung von lokalen Materialien und CO2-neutralen Produktionen gelegt. Der Umfang an befestigten Flächen wird bewusst klein gehalten. Die geschwungenen Parkwege werden aus einer Wassergebundenen Wegedecke hergestellt, deren Abstreu aus regionalen Mischungen erfolgt. Der großzügige Parkweg wird in zwei Bereiche unterteilt. Ein barrierefreier 1,5 Meter breiter Streifen wird befestigt, um hier einen Rundweg für z.B. Skates, Bobbycars und Roller zu bieten. Der restliche Streifen von 2,5 Metern wird wieder als wassergebundenen Wegedecke hergestellt. Die Bepflanzung des Parks wird bewusst abwechslungsreich gestaltet. Intensiv begrünte Bereiche wechseln sich mit offenen Rasen- und Wiesenflächen ab. Zu den Rändern hin werden die Bereiche intensiver begrünt. Nicht nur die unterschiedlichen Bäume stehen enger, auch werden sie mit Sträuchern unterpflanzt. Nist- und Nährgehölze bieten hier Lebensräume für Tiere. Bei der Auswahl der Pflanzen wird auf Artenvielfalt und Zukunftsfähigkeit geachtet, um die Biodiversität im Park zu steigern.

Beleuchtungskonzept ❘ Die entstehende Beleuchtung soll die nächtliche Atmosphäre unterstützen und die Sicherheit der Anwohner gewährleisten. Dies fördert die Nutzung des Grünstreifens auch während der Abendstunden und schafft ein Gefühl der Geborgenheit. Hierzu werden energiesparende LED-Leuchten verwendet, die nicht nur die Umwelt schonen, sondern auch die Betriebskosten reduzieren. Die Beleuchtung im Park soll zudem die Umgebung respektieren und die Tierwelt nicht stören.

Vocational Training Center | Bamberg

2. Prize | Vocational Training Center


In collaboration with Atelier 30

On the one hand, the urban planning idea is to position the new building for the education center along Forchheimer Straße in such a way that a clear address with a corresponding gesture is created here. On the other hand, the further course of the competition property is characterized by an exciting open space, in which some green structures with a biotope character are also present. The question arose here as to how the structure of the educational center develops between a clear urban development position, clever development, well-functioning workshops and internal processes towards the landscape.
The new building expresses its address along Forchheimer Straße through a representative three-story front building built alongside the street in wooden construction, which is followed by a forecourt situation with a recessed main entrance. On the one hand, the three-story front building is positioned symbolically along the street space, and on the other hand, the forecourt creates a very nice address when you arrive from Bamberg city center. All ancillary rooms and storage areas are functionally adjacent to the workshops. Easily usable courtyard situations are developing between the workshops. These “workyard areas” open up to open space and create exciting spaces and zoning between the different training facilities. The shape of the entire ensemble is essentially characterized by sustainable wooden construction with larch formwork.

The heart of the education center is the central access and communication corridor with two green inner courtyards from which the individual workshops are accessible. The cafeteria with terrace area, the shared self-study area and the theory room are also centrally located here. Appropriate gate systems mean that forklifts can be driven across the factory yards and larger workpieces can enter the halls. If you look at the entire structure of the concept for the education center, you will notice, in addition to well-functioning processes, exciting visual and interior connections between the workshops, inner courtyards, glazed corridors and learning areas and the cafeteria. The proposed spatial sequence creates a highly attractive and diversely usable educational landscape, with open communication zones where it is fun to work and learn.

The outdoor facilities of the vocational training center are characterized by a well-thought-out and attractive design that takes both functional and aesthetic aspects into account. The spacious forecourt, which forms a contrast to the concrete block area with an inlay of grass paving stones, invites you to linger and offers numerous seating options that are embedded in the surrounding slabs. This creates a harmonious connection between urban design and natural surroundings and forms an important contribution to the trees’ rainwater concept. The bicycle parking spaces are also laid out on grass pavers, allowing rainwater to seep away. This allows drainage to be optimized and a spacious green area to be created that offers space for numerous trees.
Small green courtyards provide additional green oases in the outdoor area of the education center. Here, learners can enjoy a natural environment and spend time in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, a spacious terrace area was created that can be used multifunctionally.
Here there is not only space for learning and working, but also for eating and relaxing. Particular attention was paid to creating only the minimum amount of paved areas for deliveries and collections. This creates a large green zone that is not only aesthetically appealing, but also promotes ecological balance. The use of parking spaces made of grass grids with intermediate greenery creates further opportunities for integrating trees, which round off the overall appearance of the outdoor areas and create a harmonious connection to nature.