West of Cologne the RWE trust is creating the biggest open brown coal pit in Europe. The mine will be open until 2050 and will reach a depth of 400 meters below the existing surface level. The remaining hole will be filled with groundwater until 2100, thus becoming the second largest inland lake in Germany.
The urban structure – to release the Square – is in remembrance to the former church Garnisonskirche. The open space is divided into three different areas. In the extension of the Spandauer Straße a generous urban square forms the central element of the development and defines a representive entrance for the adjacent residents.
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Like a pool of water reflecting the sky, placed at the castle of Ehrenbreitstein, creates a flux of images incorporating the walls and building. Creating a heightened experience of its surroundings, it involves the beholder in a game of perception, intriguing to find the «right» view of the motif. Ever since French landscape painters like Claude Lorrain and Niclas Poussin defined their ideal of the landscape in the mid 17th century, gardeners and architects had the task of creating the Real World inspired by these framed images – something that today almost appears as an inverted reality.
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Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.
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West 8 won the Freiham Nord Urban Design Competition back in September. Freiham Nord will be the last substantial development to take place in Munich and will accommodate about 10.000 inhabitants. In the Masterplan Freiham Nord has been divided into several project areas with different programming, each about 40 ha in size. The city of Munich organized a design competition for the first two project areas in which 24 offices participated.
West 8’s winning entry is about a friendly green neighbourhood. Our design allows the creation of a city for all generations intending to mix ages and achieve a diverse melange of inhabitants.
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