This scheme is our winning submission for a competition attracting entries from over 100 pan-European practices, seeking proposals to redevelop a 8.4ha site in Straelen, an agricultural town near Düsseldorf, Germany. The site has historical significance as the centre for the distribution of flowers, fruit and vegetables in the Nordrhein-Westfalen region.
Our design combines a new residential neighbourhood and community facilities with an urban design strategy using different elements to structure the site: built form, habitat types and the public realm. Existing connections are drawn into the site and intersect at the original flower auction hall, creating four distinct quarters. These areas respond to the character of the surrounding landscapes: industrial, forest, agricultural and domestic. Four main house types are developed for each of the landscapes, focusing on orientation, materials and the relationship with the street and the garden. Each type has flexibility built-in, so that the internal organisation of spaces can be easily adapted to add bedrooms, workspaces, and accommodation for teenagers or elderly parents as the requirements of family evolve.
Creating a new residential community responding to the rural landscape.