This residential development is situated on Sonnemannstraße, immediately opposite the main entrance to the European Central Bank headquarters. It consists of a group of four city buildings: two existing late 19th-century buildings flanked by a new construction either side.
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Situation … Demand for affordable housing in cities and urban areas is growing; at the same time building land is an ever scarcer resource. Meeting that demand and reducing land use are twin challenges for local-authority planners. How can they create much needed affordable housing and at the same time make better use of limited space?
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The housing development on Mörfelder Landstraße sits on a narrow plot between the road and the rail tracks, not far from the two stations Südbahnhof and Lokalbahnhof. It replaces a petrol station, a car-repair workshop and a single-storey car park in an urban location on what was classified as a brownfield site.
The name Clouth is inextricably bound up with the industrial history of Cologne. Franz Clouth's factory produced mainly rubber goods for over 140 years. In 2005 the City of Cologne acquired the 14.5-hectare company site in the district of Nippes and commissioned the local-authority planning association “moderne stadt” to develop it.
For 60 years “Benjamin Franklin Village” was the biggest housing complex of the US armed forces in Germany. Following the withdrawal of the US military in 2011 the City of Mannheim had the opportunity of turning this area, enclosed and separate for many decades, into a lively urban district.
Von-Bernus-Park is a quiet, almost hidden spot in the western part of the district of Bockenheim in Frankfurt. From the 1970s onwards, next to the main entrance on Schloßstraße (which means castle street), there was an unremarkable flat-roofed building, occupied by various cafés and bars over the years. This building was sold shortly after 2010 to project developers Ardi Goldman and Ronny Weiner.
On Hagener Strasse in the Gerresheim district in the east of Düsseldorf, 16 new apartment blocks are being created over the coming years, on behalf of WOGEDO, a Düsseldorf-based housing cooperative. The new buildings designed by Stefan Forster Architekten emerged as the winner in an architectural competition; the existing development on the site was not suitable for renovation.
Yekaterinburg, 40 kilometres east of an imaginary line between Europe and Asia, is Russia´s fourth most populous city, with 1.4 million inhabitants. It is the most important industrial and university centre in the Urals. Here on a hill in the district of Uktus in the south of the city, the Russian housing developer Brusnika is planning to build a residential block with 310 apartments.
This residential and office building is to be completed in the coming years at the southern entrance to Kronsberg Süd, a new district that has its origins in the development plans laid down for EXPO 2000. The plot, triangular in shape with one blunted tip, is bordered on the south by a public square and to the north by a communal courtyard for the residents.
For this community centre in Frankfurt’s Westhafen district, the client – the Evangelische Hoffnungsgemeinde – wanted a multifunctional building with a symbolic effect, suitable for both church services and cultural events as well as providing accommodation for the elderly. The result is a building that integrates quietly into the new urban district yet still stands out from afar as a marker.