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  3. ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg

ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg
ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg , The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
The green interior courtyard. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

ADEPT has won a competition to design a new city gate in the German city of Flensburg along Bahnhofstrasse - a central urban axis leading to the city’s main station. Designed as a “small piece of the city,” the winning proposal adapts itself to the existing typology by combining different types of “facade expressions” that creates a “playful synergy between new and old.”

“The proposal gives us a unique chance to transform and influence our future city at a very high level of quality and creativity - Bahnhofstrasse can really become a real and vibrant piece of city,” says the client.  

The new Bahnhofstrasse. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
The new Bahnhofstrasse. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

From the architect: ADEPT has created a design that embraces the different programmatic typologies of apartments, office, row houses, kindergarten and shops in one extremely diverse urban development. The mix of typologies in the new building interprets the characteristics of Flensburg with its traditional buildings, robust materials and a coherent colour scheme, and translate it into a diverse building volume that divides both horizontally and vertically into a literally three-dimensional building.

The project repairs the urban fabric with a perimeter building that closes the existing block structure. Diverse dwelling types offers gender diversity in the central city and breaks down the scale of the building to fit the existing scale of the surroundings. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
The project repairs the urban fabric with a perimeter building that closes the existing block structure. Diverse dwelling types offers gender diversity in the central city and breaks down the scale of the building to fit the existing scale of the surroundings. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

By offering a large variety of different functions and dwelling types, the Bahnhofstrasse proposal achieves a large variation in inhabitants and qualities. Each programmatic typology is highlighted separately within the overall building structure to make each more individu- ally visible in the urban context.

Facade expression. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
Facade expression. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

Along the ground floor, large apartments and two-floor duplex apartments span across the building with private green areas on both sides. This strategy handles privacy issues on the ground floor and attracts families to the central city. "A small piece of city" supports diversity further through a diverse programming of the attractive green spaces in the courtyard and the edge condition along the street. 

Red brick connects the buildings thematically, engaging the new building in a dialogue with the materiality of the more monumental buildings along Bahnhofstraße. The design allocate the different functions and apartment types an individual brick pattern within the overall theme.

Nuances in the facade breaks down the scale of the builing in the context. Image Courtesy of ADEPT
Nuances in the facade breaks down the scale of the builing in the context. Image Courtesy of ADEPT

The materiality creates a coherent architectural expression establishing the grand urban scale underlining the new Bahnhofstrasse building as one of the central arrivals to the city. The diverse brickwork, inspired from the surrounding details of historical buildings, creates variation and human scale through different bonds, tones of color, alternating windows and balconies.

Furthermore, small differences in depth of the different functions supports the three-dimensional variation of the overall building. The cubical shapes and the setbacks of the building structure interacts with both the newer buildings and the older brick building along Bahnhofstrasse. 

  • Competition

    Bahnhofstrasse
  • Award

    First Prize
  • Architects

  • Location

    Munketoft, Flensburg, Germany
  • Engineer

    Grontmij Germany
  • Client

    SBV
  • Area

    16700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2019
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "ADEPT Wins Competition to Design "Small Piece" of Flensburg " 10 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/607867/adept-wins-competition-to-design-small-piece-of-flensburg/> ISSN 0719-8884