DORTMUND PLAZA DORTMUNDER U




CITY PLAZA

LANDSCAPE
AND UBRAN
DESIGN
COMPETITION
BY INVITATION

3. PRIZE

The series of plazas surrounding the Dortmunder U (former industrial complex of Dortmund’s Union Brewery) and the areas around the Koenigswall take on a number of important planning tasks:

  •  they connect Dortmund’s urban core with the city expansion to the west,
  • they emphasize the Dortmunder U as an important landmark in the cityscape,
  • and they form an attractive gateway at the Dortmunder U from the city centre to its surrounding developments.

Given the above-mentioned planning conditions, the two existing forecourts shall be brought together as a one spatial sequence. The proposed structural arrangement should therefore be as simple as possible. It consists of a banded pavement design with a ‘green frame’.

With the sequential dissolution of elements towards the middle, sub-spaces are created with varying light and shadow effects. Areas on the outer edges of the plaza invite visitors to linger and relax, while the main plaza area remains open.

The arrangement of the proposed elements is comparable in size and proportion to the respective sub-spaces of the plaza and takes into account the overall spatial dichotomy of the area. In particular, a stronger differentiation and articulation of the sub-spaces was abandoned in favour of emphasizing the importance and position of the Dortmunder U in its urban context.

03/2008

Ulrike Böhm, Cyrus Zahiri, Katja Benfer,
Tim Wildner, Janka Emese Paulovics, Daniel Emile Venneman, Rita Leal, Ann-Kristin Haeger, Kerstin Paul