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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LocationMunketoft, Flensburg, Germany