Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl

Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl

IMAGE CREDIT | B.Doherty

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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Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | Atelier Dreiseitl
Indented plaza areas create a surface flood zone. No rain water is fed to the sewer system, instead the groundwater table is recharged. The design plays with the historic past of the site which was a railyard. Timeless and multifunctional benches recalled break noses of railtracks, and old railtracks are inlaid into the paving. A bright grove of cherry trees provide the perfect amount of shade, while the infiltration planters with perennials and ornamental grasses give an attractive softness.

Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | B.Doherty
100% of the hardscape materials are high-quality demolition materials recycled from the old railyard. This makes sense not just from a resource management point of view, but harmonises the new clean modern design with the historic architecture of the customs hall.

Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | B.Doherty
Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | Atelier Dreiseitl
Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | Atelier Dreiseitl
Zollhallen Plaza | Freiburg Germany | Atelier Dreiseitl
IMAGE CREDIT | Atelier Dreiseitl

IMAGE CREDITS | Atelier Dreiseitl & B.Doherty