The history of Park Killesberg has its origins in the industrial use of the site as a quarry. Known as “Stuttgarter Werkstein” (Stuttgart Ashlar) this sandstone was mined intensively for a long time and left a jagged artificial topography, just like an open wound in the landscape. The design is conceived as the interweaving of two themes that mark the Killesberg: a soft landscape close to nature and man-made quarries as hard topographies. The result is a landscape that tells its own story.
The hard karst forms of a quarry topography, as though they were chiselled out, change in the course of the years. Out of the sharply broken material the forms are rounded off until they become a soft landscape covered with earth and green. The theme of the meadow topography unites the three areas Feuerbach Heath, Green Joint and the Park before the Red Wall. The result is a soft park topography of meter-high meadow cushions laid upon these areas, joining them together in harmony. When travelling through the park, the dynamic topography and its sunken paths provide for a variety of different perspectives and are shaping a consistent identity for the transition to Killesberg and the newly constructed building areas. Furthermore a landscape is growing that thrives on skilful illusion. The alienation of the usual environment by raising topography and lowering paths generates a surprising play with perception of space and the human scale.
Park Killesberg | Stuttgart Germany | Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten
Design Team |
Arge Zukunft Killesberg
Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH
Competition| Phases 2 – 9 HOAI, 1st Prize, 2008
Start of Construction Site | 2009 after demolition of the existing buildings
Date of Completion | 2012
Client| Municipality Stadt Stuttgart, vertreten durch das Garten-, Friedhofs- und Forstamt
Area | ca. 10 ha
Images Credits |
Photographs © Raffaela Sirtoli
Plan © Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH