WESEL CENTRAL AXIS




URBAN SQUARES

REALIZATION COMPETITION
BY INVITATION

3. PRIZE

Wesel’s central axis connects the Great Market in front of the Willibrordi cathedral via the Berlin Gate with the train station. The corridor formed by Brückstraße, Viehtor and Hohe Straße can be experienced as a strung-out spatial sequence. In its course, it is divided by slight changes of direction as well as by narrowings and extensions. The historical water tower, the cathedral and the remote reporting tower form a superordinate orientation feature. Additionally, the buildings along individual street sections have relative superordinate design themes.

In order to increase the conciseness and visibility of the urban space, the described peculiarities are to be more strongly staged. To do so, the following design mediums are proposed:

  • coherent paving of all areas,
  • the accentuation of plazas and crossings and
  • the linear arrangement of furniture, lighting elements and trees.

The connecting element for the central axis is a uniform paving. Special areas such as plazas, crossings and thresholds are emphasized by a lighter surface. By arranging all structural-spatial elements along a common flight, the axis is kept free in its length dimension. The selective setting of individual trees emphasizes sub-areas within the long-stretched space. The proposed design elements permit realization in subsections as well as future adaptations and additions.

ClientStadt Wesel
Year07/2009
TagsCompetitions, Urban Square, Development Concept