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Freiburg Habsburgerstrasse Development

In order to harmonise with the complex structure and topography of the urban context, the design adopts a form which mediates between the diverse existing architectural themes. These include perimeter-block buildings as well as villa-like freestanding houses. The design concept is predicated on the desire to create an intermediary typology which unifies the existing while also acting as an unambiguous order- and identity-creating element. The building’s shape makes a subtle reference to the change in urban typology without breaking from it completely. The chosen layout is deliberately open-ended and thereby allows the development to grow cohesively. The project is organised across eight compact buildings standing in a row. Clear and disciplined floor plans, each with a central core for circulation, provide maximum flexibility. Residential areas are oriented east to west, with the majority of apartments enjoying a double aspect and the high quality daylighting this provides. Shops and cafes are located at ground floor level along Habsburgerstraße, surmounted by prominent private apartments. As a reaction to the park located across the junction, at the corner of Habsburgerstraße and Wölflinstraße the volume is nudged gently inwards. At this corner position the building is seven storeys high, giving it a prominence worthy of its urban context.

Design team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Martin Ladinger, Tobias Beyrer
with Lohrer Hochrein Landscape Architects Munich
Client: Gisinger Gruppe and Deutscher Caritasverband e.V., Freiburg
Competition 2015