In a three-level peer review process that resulted in two first-prize winners, an urban planning concept was developed by J. MAYER H. Architects for the area of what was once the post office on Erkrather Strasse. The so-called “Quartier M” is to serve as the future link between the Hauptbahnhof central station and Tanzhaus NRW/Capitol, becoming a lively city quarter for living and working. In addition to offices and a hotel, the trend-setting urban design also provides for both privately financed and government subsidized public housing. Other plans include space for a day care center for children and service providers for the quarter. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The urban plan for “Quartier M” in Düsseldorf envisions three building blocks. The office of J. MAYER H. – one of the two prizewinners – will realize the commercial block including the office/hotel high rise. The planned high rise will grow like a sculpture from one of the enclosing peripheral developments. A peripheral structure unifies the “Quartier M” as a cohesive urban plan, creating a striking conclusion to the city’s cultural boulevard. The required pre-construction planning proceedings are scheduled for completion in mid-2014.
The area that has until recently been used as a Deutsche Post AG/DHL distribution center in the immediate vicinity of the Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof will no longer be needed in the foreseeable future. With it, this 38,075 square meter area is subject to a new urban development opportunity. The existing “functional architecture” building substance will be torn down, with the exception of an administration building on Erkrather Strasse, which is integrated into the concept as a whole and made available for new, additional forms of use.
The city of Düsseldorf stands to gain a number of positive points through this development of this centrally-located, downtown area: Düsseldorf will have a unique new district characterized not only by a lively and contemporary mix of uses, but also a high urbanity factor. Besides residential living options, the urban planning program will also open up a number of tightly integrated, reliable job opportunities geared toward the service metropolis Düsseldorf. Other planned attractions include a special quarter suppliers’ area with gastronomy options, a 3-star category + theme hotel and integrated health and wellness facilities. Linked to the DB-trains and public transport, all of the planned construction blocks should exude a sophisticated aura and, in so doing, further the quarter’s reputation as a uniquely accessible quarter for both the region and city.
Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects Location: Düsseldorf, Germany Team: Juergen Mayer H., Max Reinhardt, Simon Kassner, Hugo Reis, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand Investor: Lorac Investment Management, Luxemburg Structural Engineering and Facade Planning: Knippers Helbig, Stuttgart Climate and Energy Plan: Transsolar, Stuttgart Urban development values: Planning area: 3.8 hectares Floor area ratio: 2.9 Total gross floor area: 114,225 square meters Total residential units: approx, 500 of these, approx, 280 high-quality living of these, approx, 30 to 40 public subsidized housing High-rise Block 1: approx, 100,00 meters High-rise Block 3: approx, 60,00 meters Area: Conventional living: 17,600 square meters High-quality living: 28,100 square meters Living and working: 6,800 square meters Commercial/offices: 32,825 square meters Hotel: 8,000 square meters Health/wellness: 4,500 square meters Children’s day care center Quarter suppliers/gastronomy: 4,400 square meters