DORTMUND DORTMUNDER U PLAZA




URBAN SQUARES

SEMI-OPEN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL
AND URBAN DESIGN
REALIZATION COMPETITION

3. PRIZE

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

  • They connect Dortmund's core city with the western city expansion,
  • they emphasize the Dortmund U as an important landmark in the cityscape and
  • they form an attractive gateway to the city of Dortmund as well as to the development area around the Dortmund U.

Given the aforementioned planning premises, the two existing forecourts are to be consolidated into one spatial sequence. For this purpose, a simple ordering structure is suggested. It consists of a banded pavement design and a ‘green edging’.

By dissolving the elements towards the center of the square, subspaces with different light and shadow dispositions evolve. At the same time, the actual squares remain largely open. The arrangement of the proposed elements in size and proportion refers to the respective subareas of the plaza and takes into account the overall spatial dichtonomy of the area. To emphasize the location of Dortmund U in the city, a strong division of the areas is dispensed with.

Team
Competition
Ulrike Böhm, Cyrus Zahiri, Katja Benfer,Tim Wildner, Janka Emese Paulovics, Daniel Emile Venneman, Rita Leal, Ann-Kristin Haeger, Kerstin Paul
Year03/2008
TagsCompetitions, Urban-Square