Frankfurt am Main: In the coming years, a new park with a city square will be built in Bockenheim on an area of around 28,000 square metres. This "Grüne Mitte", or Green Centre, is located in the middle of the new Schönhof Quarter, which is being developed by the groups Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt (NHW) and Instone Real Estate south of Rödelheimer Landstrasse. More than 2,000 apartments, a new school, several daycare centres as well as shopping facilities and restaurants will be built there. An interdisciplinary jury has now decided unanimously in favour of architectural firm BIERBAUM.AICHELE.landschaftsarchitekten's design. Die LandschaftsArchitekten and Sommerlaad Haase Kuhli each made it to third place. Ipach Mayerhofer also took part.
Example of socially and ecologically sustainable urban development
Dr. Constantin Westphal, managing director of Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt: "We are not only interested in building apartments, but also green living areas in which people feel comfortable. The Green Centre is the epitome of development of the Schönhof Quarter. Combined with the high energy standard of the apartments and the favourable public transport connections, it is an excellent example of socially and ecologically sustainable urban development."
Ralf Werner, branch manager of the Rhine-Main region at Instone Real Estate: "The Schönhof quarter will be given a green core that, as a place for gathering, is an important ecological and social factor for future residents and users."
"It is important for me that we create a lively centre with a wide range of services in the new Schönhof Quarter," says Frankfurt’s Director of Planning Mike Josef. "The new park offers various play and sports areas, but also quieter spaces and venues for the neighbourhood to gather. I like the approach that the city square and the park are also used as a schoolyard. This is already common practice in Vienna."
Sylvia Weber, City Councillor for Integration and Education, praised the first-place design: "It is conceived from the child's perspective, creates a wide variety of play and recreational options and makes the experience of nature in the city tangible. I especially like the green classroom."
Rosemarie Heilig, City Councillor for Environment and Women: "In the context of climate change, green spaces are playing an increasingly important role in the design of a sustainable city. They provide climate-related relief and enhance the quality of life. At the same time, the demands placed on green areas in cities are becoming more and more diverse. In this case, it is also necessary to integrate the outside areas of a school into the park, which should function as an integrative element for the entire quarter while simultaneously providing space for recreation and activity. Architectural firm BIER-BAUM.AICHELE.landschaftsarchitekten's design is outstanding at balancing the different requirements for use. Schönhof Quarter is getting a green corridor that will define the neighbourhood."
The jury recommended that the winning design be revised in more minor areas. The surfaces of the new city square are to be designed in a warmer shade. For the western part of the park, it is also to be examined whether a small (mobile) structure like the café in Holzhausen Park can be erected in the playground area. Further planning for the park will now be coordinated by an interdepartmental working group and the project partners NHW and Instone.
PF1: View from above: the Green Centre is to become the heart of the future Schönhof Quarter. Visualization: 3D-Bilderfabrik Cologne
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