Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl

Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl


Zollhallen Plaza is new counterpart for the historic customs hall which was restored in 2009. The plaza is a fine example of water sensitive urban design, as it is disconnected from the sewer system. Beautiful planters provide infiltration points, and subsurface gravel trenches with innovative in-built filter medium reduce the hydraulic overload on the sewer system.

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Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

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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Rhein Romantik | Koblenz Germany | TOPOTEK 1

Rhein Romantik | Koblenz Germany | TOPOTEK 1

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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‘Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain’ | Duisburg Germany | Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Tiger and Turtle - Magic Mountain
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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Freiham Nord | Munich Germany | WEST 8

Frieham Nord-West8
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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2011 IFLA World Congress | Interview with Bruno Marques, organizer of EFLA Regional Congress

Laure Aubert is a landscape architect working in Germany who attended the 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich. Laure interviewed various Congress attendees which we will feature over the next two weeks.

Bruno Marques at EFLA stand at 2011 IFLA Congress Zurich ©Laure Aubert

Bruno Marques is responsible organizer of the upcoming EFLA Regional Congress “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New Era”.and answers on behalf the Estonian Landscape Architects‟ Union. The EFLA Regional Congress is being held in Tallinn-Estonia, from 2-4 November.

Why was it important for you to attend the IFLA Congress? 
The importance of attending the IFLA World Congress in Zürich relies in the biggest event of our profession that gathers professionals from all over the globe, with different backgrounds, different cultures, but at the same time connected by only one thing: the profession. I think these events are really important, for one hand to learn something new and to see what exciting has been done over the last years in the field, for other hand to reunite with friends and colleagues. In Zurich, I especially enjoyed the amazing organization, the wide range of events and above all, to see lots of students. That gives me some trust that our profession will continue to exist and develop in the future.

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The long road to a new square | Cologne Germany | metrobox architekten

The long road to a new square | Cologne | metrobox architekten

The basic design concept was created by overlaying the images associated with the square, its use and its location. People flow through the built-up urban landscape, each like a water droplet in a river. The skaters have made this flow of people into a game. Quiet, long drawn-out stretches with large radiuses alternate with jumping at obstacles, like the flowing and spraying of water in a river. The location of the square on the Rhine places this image in an appropriate scenic context.

The implementation of this concept in reality is achieved by overlaying the area with a virtual grid which has uniform building areas at the cross-over points. The grid and building areas represent urban elements and are taken from the urban environment. However, to turn this stark grouping on a grid into a spontaneous arrangement that is optimal for this sport, the area had to be reorganised using a particular algorithm. This turned the building areas into structures of different sizes; they rise out of the landscape or sink into it to intersperse the space with green elements, meadows and trees. The basic structures are skate objects made from concrete and stand like stones covered by water in a river of flagstones. The ground combines with the skate objects using a template.
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