This mixed-use complex has a prominent location within its urban context at an important axis between the new and the old town. In this holistic design, urban planning and architectural issues are as vital as aspects such as mobility, sustainability and ecology. The future-oriented district offers high quality of life for its residents and serves as a benchmark for future environmentally-friendly development with its use of timber construction.
The new complex promotes a dialogue with the historic buildings of the old town. They reinterpret in contemporary form familiar features of long-standing architectural traditions, whether it is building density, featured materials, richness of form, an abandonment of stereotypical right angles and slight differentiation among the buildings. A new style emerges by adopting and reinterpreting identity-shaping elements such as the pitched roof or the typical half-timbered houses found in the old town. Individual groups of houses assert their identity through slight variations in the color palette or structure of the timber-framing or through cladding made with such diverse construction materials as polycarbonate, titanium zinc and stainless steel. The half-timbered motif is used as an analogy and reinterpreted by superimposing it in front of the patios or balconies, where it acts as a filter between public and private outdoor space. The balcony zones extend across the entire structure, creating generous and open spaces and dissolving the boundary between the interior and the exterior. The design features floor plans that are flexible enough to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of modern society. A wide range of residential concepts can be achieved here, ranging from age-appropriate or barrier-free living to combined work and residential space as well as the option to join units together for shared accommodation or group homes. Designating the ground-floor units for commercial use promises to enliven the urban environment.
Urban Design, Residential, Retail
Investor: Stadt Leonberg
Gross floor area: 18045 m²
Vogeley, Philipp (Lead)
Kochhan, Simon (Project Leader)
Knippers Helbig GmbH, Berlin (Structural design)
realgrün Landschaftsarchitekten, Munich (Landscape design)
Durth Roos Consult GmbH, Karlsruhe (Traffic planning)
Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Munich (Energy planning)
Forbes Massie Studio, London (Visualization)