The project described below is for the architectural and urban planning of a residential area in the city of Karlsruhe (Germany).
Its central points are the following:
The city of Karlsruhe is marked by the forgotten traces of ancient meanders of the Rhine River. One of them is located a few meters from the area of intervention. We propose to introduce water lagoons in the public space as connection elements of the public space and as key pieces in the identity of this new ecological neighborhood. Meeting places that connect the existing with the new, generating meeting places for the neighbors.
Two cross streets converge to the intervention zone that connect the city with this space of water and trees so attractive. Our proposal seeks maximum permeability to this place through the carving of the pieces creating a branched system of roads that strengthen the relationship of urban and natural, thus facilitating access to this space to the inhabitants of the entire neighborhood.
3_ Typological Transition
The intervention area is located in an intermediate place between a city with a traditional plot and a garden city. Therefore, we propose that both in plan and section there be a gradual transition between single-family semi-detached houses with 2 floors to 9-storey housing towers. This transition generates a strong connection of the new proposal with the existing city, creating a new neighborhood that is respectful of the place, ecological, attractive and contemporary.
-Traditional typologies VS new type of apple:
Due to the proximity of the intervention area to this interesting area of water and vegetation, we fled the closed apple typology and opted for an apple whose views open to this space. This means that a large number of homes will be able to enjoy this place.
-Gradient from public to private:
We propose a system of raised squares 65 cm in the heart of the apples that will serve as private places of residence for the neighbors, from these hearts access to all homes is produced. From these points, the space is becoming more and more public until it reaches the outside of the blocks where the water lagoons appear, such as catalysts and public meeting points.
-Typological variety and communal atriums:
We propose a type of housing quite affordable because each unit has a single core for about 30 homes. We also look for the maximum typological mix, so that on each floor there are typologies from 45 to 90 m2. Inside each block there is a large communal emptiness illuminated zenithal where neighbors can perform collective activities. In addition, connected to this large atrium in each block there is a closed room overlooking the Garden and terrace, where residents can share activities, children can play, grandparents read, teach piano, dance, birthdays can be celebrated.
Project: Architectural and urban planning residential area in Karlsruhe (Germany).
Stage: Competition, First Prize.
Location: Karlsruhe (Germany).
Area: – m2
Budget: – €
Architects: Architects: Borja Navarro Ibáñez de Aldecoa, José De la Peña Gómez Millán, José María González Chamorro, José A Pavón González, Myriam Rego Gómez.
Bakpak Architects Bakpak Architects + ALN