In the open competition for the Central Library of the Future zb+ in Mönchengladbach, Germany the contribution by SMAQ was awarded with the 3rd prize.
The intergenerational centre is to become a meeting place for young and old in Neubrandenburg, Germany. It therefore offers a wide range of uses from flats to a day nursery to outpatient and inpatient care places as well as service providers. In the international competition SMAQ’s architectural design was awarded the second prize.
The peninsular Ueberseeinsel with the former production site of Kellogg is located between the river Weser and the harbor. It is of great importance for the development of the westside of Bremen and the so called Ueberseestadt. Because of its great location and the historic building substance it can be developed as water-orientated new city [more]
The city hall ensemble of the Hanseatic city of Rostock is supplemented by two independent communicating buildings. The House of Citizenship formulated as northern capstone a concise facade to the future square Platz Am Schilde. The dichotomy, verticality and materiality of the historic 2-Gable-Building are picked up. The brick appearance signals the overriding public importance [more]
The campus of the GUC in Berlin is divided into three stripes. Following the tradition of the historic industrial buildings, the architecture of the boarding house picks up on the combination of steel skeleton construction and brick architecture. The U-shaped part of the building that is visible from the outside is claid with a green [more]
The winning proposal for a site of 5.333 m² located in the so called Südstadt of Hannover in Germany consits of an ensemble of two buildings with 54 rentable and 12 sellable apartments.
The project area North-South-Axis is located in the heart of the river Elbe island Wilhelmsburg and on the island between the three canals Ernst August Canal, Assmann Canal and Jaffe Davids Canal and Rotenhäuser Strasse. It covers an area of about 41 hectares. The aim of the redevelopment of this area is a vibrant, urban [more]
The design for the residential development is based on two local boundary conditions: first, the scenic and imposing forest edge in the south and, secondly, the typical Wolfsburg mixture of different types of housing developments that surround the site. Densely built, terraced “green living” is proposed in the form of a “patchwork” of different types [more]
The island Neu Fahrland, located ten minutes north of Potsdam city center shall be developed as a residential quarter. The future quarter is situated in the cultural landscape context of the River Havel: The island Neu Fahrland emerged with the construction of the Sacrow-Paretz canal and is strongly shaped by the linear section of the [more]
Around the square Berliner Platz a vibrant service-oriented city district shall be created, which strengthens the east-west backbone of the city of Osnabruck in conjunction with the newly designed square Neumarkt and which formulates an inviting entrance to the city on the east. Therefore three interlocking and spatially contiguous urban areas are formulated: Berliner Platz [more]
With the development of the quarter north of the mediaeval square Neuer Markt the square shall be framed again and complemented by additional program and stand out as a place that is respecting the history of the site while being concisely contemporary.
The Gyula Trebitsch School in Hamburg was named after the film producer Gyula Trebitsch from Hamburg who founded in proximity to the school the Studio Hamburg. The school is a neighborhood school. The development in the number of pupils makes an extension necessary. In the framework of an invited competition proposals for an extension and [more]
Urban development proposal for the redevelopment of the area of Riebeckplatz in Halle (Saale), Germany.
The city of Oranienburg intends to develop the still largely undeveloped area north and west of what is known as the “White City”. In order to strengthen the character and context of the overall district, the design draws upon the existing lines of the White City’s existing buildings and builds on the well-proportioned streetscapes of [more]
The square Ernst-Reuter-Platz in Berlin, considered an icon of progressive West Berlin, has long since lost its urban presence, particularly with regards to its former luster from use and activity. The square is planned be re-urbanized to function once again as an educational and business meeting center. Thus, the following criterion became the main themes [more]
A network of weather protected arcades spans from door to door and redefines the Aalto University campus landscape as a sequence of differentiated spaces cumulating in a central outdoor space. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture directs that flow up into the building, acting as a three dimensional interpretation of the square. A unique [more]
The workshop and depot building catalogs, preserves and stores the archives and artistic heritage of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is at once the “memory” and “treasury” of the state. The necessary storage spaces have high security requirements, and thus are neither publicly accessible nor visible to the public through windows. Hence, the exterior architectural [more]
Bonneau, population of approximately 8,000, is located along the northwest coast of Haiti. A rural community, Bonneau is a small town with poor infrastructure, unstable housing structures, and little access to education and skills-based training. Residents must rely on small-scale subsistence agriculture, construction and domestic services for income generation. Only half of the children attend [more]
Bonneau Campus houses an orphanage for children with special needs, a school, volunteer housing, an elder’s home, and a church. It is a place that is open to nature, yet shields one from its harsher environmental aspects. Bonneau Campus turns the site’s disadvantages into advantages – Mitigating the risks of the site and adapting to [more]
Geisa is a small town with a historical city center in the Thurungian Rohn uplands. What is termed the city’s artisan suburb is currently highly fragmented and hardly legible, spatially. This design draws on what is still recognizable in the structure of the artisan suburb and formulates, through subtle densification, clearly readable and tangible edges [more]
Facade and vestibule design within the context of thermal facade renovations.
Air and air movement are taken as formative themes in the facade design for the wind-tower in the Ecocity of Hamburg-Harburg. The facade suggests multiple associations, not only in connection to the site, but also to the term ”wind” in the name of the building: from the rippling of the waters’ surface in the harbour by the wind, to the rustled feathers of a bird sailing through the air. The wind-tower stretches 65 meters into the air and opens up to the west in order to take advantage of the force of the wind. The faceted façade elements reflect the height of a single story [more]
The Science Port design develops from robust and interpretable rules of adjacent local structures. A resulting system of public spaces and local networks fix the new quarter in the existing urban fabric while establishing new relations between the city centre and river compound. The existing fabric of heterogeneous structures act as a starting point to organize dispersed city [more]
The multi-purpose hall activates the ridge of Alexanderhöhe, and turns, on one side, toward the park and, on the other side, toward the city. The interaction of two primary building elements, the plinth and the roof, formulate the core functions of the building, lobby and hall, as the spatial continuity of the landscape. The base is developed monolithically from the ground; a metal roof rests on top. The materiality of the plinth expresses the sedimentation of the terrain’s geology as layered ramped exposed concrete. The materiality of the roof structure makes reference to the history of the city and picks up on the art of metalworking and wire manufacturing significant [more]
The project Jenfelder Au was prepared in the context of the master plan for Lettow-Vorbeck Barracks, in Hamburg, planned by West 8 in 2006. The preliminary designs propose flexible townhouses with brick facades that meet the strict criteria of the funding guidelines for owner-occupied housing. The maisonette type maximizes the allowable area and offers a flexible separated apartment for grandparents or single children. The row house 2 in 1 zones [more]
Hamburg’s Upper Harbour and Harbour City were examined for potentials in their current embankment system, particularly in regard to their future adaptability. The idea, Überhafen, for the flood-controlled upper harbour is based on a “strategy of admitting” in order to to make the area safe, attractive, and more public, despite possible flooding in the winter. Conventional rentable billboards can be adapted as studio spaces, creating an opportunity to keep buildings affordable for intended users by dispensing of expensive flood protection. New Horizon, [more]
The proposal for the land conversion next to the Bayrischer Bahnhof, in Leipzig, forms a distinctive landscape. The characteristically industrial area is interpreted as “wilderness” and pulled into the city. The ecological and infrastructural centre is framed in several ways: a programmed park boundary (the binding edge), the structural layout of the park-row (fragmented small-scale buildings), followed by block development. These permeable layers form a variety of visual and physical connections to the park.
The sponsored pilot-project for inner-city neighbourhoods provides forward-looking proposals for 250 family-friendly homes on a former military site. The idea of the “cottage in the country” provides the basis from which the project is developed. The design offers a new building typology, grouped around common courtyards. The loose perimeter-block typology of the former barracks-area is [more]
The New City West proposal in Esslingen on Neckar uncovers urban structures in order to promote the development of a post fossil-fuel city. Through the renewal of the historic structure in negotiation with future-oriented micro-climatic requirements and energy-use requirements, an urban texture is developed that is both porous and dense. The integral sustainability and energy conservation concepts (nature-oriented material / water management, vegetation planning, and solar orientation) interact and re-define the urban structure and form comprehensive regenerative cycles. Urban Design [more]
Rainmaker – Towards a Water-based Urbanity for Grand Casablanca is based on a territorial water strategy, including the recovery of the natural water cycle through evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. The general concept is to use all locally accessible water resources for the irrigation of vegetation in order to refill the atmosphere with water and thus [more]
Campus+ proposes the extension of the world renown research campus Berlin-Buch in Germany. The project develops spatial and programmatic strategies to support the development of Berlin-Buch as a top research institution. The urban concept for Campus+ is based three principles: 1. Coherent landscapes: The use of the site-specific campus organization with its three landscape/spatial typologies [more]
Leipzig aims to upgrade the inner city around the prominent Wintergarten Tower in direct proximity to the central station. In the urban figure TERZ (“third”) two new buildings swirl around the existing “Wintergarden Tower” and meld themselves together as a grouping on an urban square. The two proposed buildings mediate the juxtaposition of the five [more]
The Senior Center Gundelsheim is concieved as an open building; simple and clear in structure and spatial organization. It is friendly in appearance. Community participation is supported through a generous entrance which engages communication with the city. However, there is still an opportunity to retreat into the light flooded private rooms, which have a strong connection with [more]
The town of Eberswalde is located on the Finowkanal, an historic driving force of the cities’ prosperity. The location of the canal has not yet been pushed to its fullest potential for residents and visitors. The city and the water landscape of the canal should be brought together to improve the quality of life of [more]
X-Palm’s methodology is based on the notion that the luxury refuges built during the last real estate boom represent a massive societal investment, and that a process of recycling and transformation needs to take place. The Charter of Dubai addresses issues of marketing, environmental sustainability and social bonding. Precise measures of formal adjustment, comparable to [more]
The Multigenerational Housing Project in Königsbrunn allows for the informal cohabitation of residents young and old, mobile and handicapped, single individuals and those part of a family unit. The primary urban and architectural concept is based on providing facilities and shared surfaces necessary for community life. Organization of the housing units provide opportunities for a diverse population [more]
Mixed Grains is a tactic to create an alter-urbanity in sites with underutilised buildings. It achieves this by accentuating the fragmentation of former industrial areas with a checkerboard of typologies and programs positioned over time. The continual generation of these moves by Mixed Grains unleashes a clash of scales, activities and environmental strategies that can [more]
The New Maribor Art Gallery is conceived as a horizontal structure that foregrounds both the art exhibited and the social activities taking place within the complex. It blends into the city’s topography as well as its open space structure. The building compound is a criss-cross of visual and civic paths; in its neutral specificity it [more]
Xeritown is an urban development for about 7,000 residents in Dubailand. It pioneers sustainability and adaptability within the problematic framework of the Emirates. It develops a “contemporary vernacular” approach by taking the local climate and landscape as a context within which the urban form emerges and public space is anchored. It conceptualizes the built environment [more]
Cosy Chair replaces the mono-functional wall mounted radiator in the form of a piece of comfortable furniture that heats locally right where one might sit and rest for a cup of tea, to read a book or watch TV. The Cosy Chair cuts energy consumption by providing a field of differentiated temperature: heating precisely where [more]
Part of the garden show competition brief was to transform an existing sugar factory into a flower house during the garden exhibition and to create rentable event spaces after the exhibition ends. The post-industrial transformation is based on a strengthening of the impressive existing interior qualities and plays with the over-sized scale of the structure. [more]
The proposed car park acts as both building and modulated landscape. Embedded in the topography of the embankment with a flowing façade of wooden slats, the structures become a spatial counterpart to the revamped festival ground. Natural forces which shape the embankment as well as the existing railway tracks influence the plan and provide the [more]
Beijing Art Now Hotel aims to set new standards inBeijing’s cultural scene. It commissioned international designers and architects to design unique hotel rooms. The design for the “curtain room” draws on a necessary provision forBeijing’s mosquito plagued climate: the mosquito net. Silk nets provide intimate shelter, diffuse and subtle light conditions, mystifying half transparencies — [more]
L.A. in Terms of Water investigates a local dichotomy: how does such a dry a place become known for a wet lifestyle of green lawns and swimming pools? Los Angeles’ complex system of water supply and usage is explored by confronting the engineering masterpieces of aqueducts and reservoirs that bring water to the city. Imagined [more]
Mixed-use urban development for approximately 40.000 inhabitants for an area of approximately 480 ha in Dubai.
Cumulus is an urban strategy that conceptualizes public spaces as related to the environmental dynamics of northern living. The proposal focuses on a mixed-used development that (re)binds the different social spheres, programs, scales, and ecologies of the existing neighborhood. This manifests in a new urban center that is planned with an innovative rainwater management concept [more]
L.A.R.S. asks the question, how can a centre be conceived at the heart of the borough Åsane in the suburbs of Bergen, along the highway, between shopping malls, large scale businesses and suburban housing. The project is based on leisure and car related practices and declares the individual logics of suburban programs as its principle. [more]
BATH interprets ways of inhabiting as well as the urbanized landscape. It opportunistically joins for a brief spatial moment the circuits that have become antipodes of the contemporary environment: infrastructure and nature. It proposes an alternative, self-empowered form of leisure. BATH is composed of a 1,000-meter garden hose that plugs via a hydrant into the existing hidden [more]
“Call Me Here” is situated in the double capital of Brazzaville and Kinshasa. In an urban agglomeration that lacks all infrastructures, from roads to electricity to water, and from schools to hospitals, the presence and effects of mobile phones is striking. As innumerous individual wall paintings tell, this new equipping of the city is not [more]
Schkreutz. City Map. 1st Edition focuses on the new urban development between Halle and Leipzig, nicknamed Schkreutz after the Schkeuditzer freeway interchange at its centre. The project places the periphery at the centre (effecting a comprehensive realignment of urban organization) and draws on the traditional linguistic terms and ciphers of city maps. The global context and one-dimensional [more]
The Arctic Culture Centre is an extroverted, climatically active and user-interactive bow, dynamically poised between three poles:Hammerfesttown centre, the harbour and the beach. The form reacts to local forces, intelligently using what it can from the available resources and giving back to the environment. A reflective and shiny metal skin forms a loosely layered structure [more]
misc.Z intensifies an existing mixed used area at the periphery of the city Krems inAustria. Existing green areas and fallow lands are the starting point of the intervention. They will be connected and planted with willow avenues and thus form a filigree network that leads the inhabitants into the meadow landscape. Living quarters develop along this [more]
City Boids looks at various phenomena of informal urbanism throughoutCaracassuch as vendors in traffic jams, street vendors, squatter settlements and illegal extensions of newly built condominiums. It describes these actors and practices as ‘urban molecules’, i.e. small elements that arise from similar necessities, which infiltrate and colonize the gaps and failures, the voids in space [more]
Highway…ing reprograms a high-speed road cutting through a larger system of leisure landscapes around Castle Solitude nearStuttgart with housing, pedestrian bridges, parking and sports facilities. As a research project it explores a sequence of car-related movements as a base for integral environmental design. An animation identifies the highway as an elastic, changeable strand of potential activities: [more]
Dots&Loops is a multiscalar project for a neglected site at Burgos’s city edge, next to an elevated highway. It investigates an intense form–environment–use relationship to transform the conflicting site conditions into opportunities. A site-specific morphology is developed by conceptualizing possible and necessary movements of inhabitation. The outcome is a lifted courtyard housing typology that adapts [more]
Located in a mixed-used area near the centre ofHameln, the proposed fire station is a truly infrastructural building: it claims the disused railway dam as a secondary ground level and acts as a sound barrier for the residential neighbourhood. The smooth transition from the fire fighters’ common rooms, housed within a cantilevering roof to the [more]
The Nietzsche Documentation Centre is located within the well preserved historical city centre. The building envelope integrates itself into the varied roofscape of the old town and smoothly repairs the urban block structure. It acts as an active form creating precise exterior conditions and inviting spatial occasions that tie the urban realm into the ensemble. [more]
Situated in Sarajevo’s political and cultural centre Marjin Dvor, an area that can potentially integrate old and new Sarajevo, the concert hall is thought of as a place of gathering around the performance of music – a procedure deeply tied to urban culture and thus stimulating such integration. The proposed concert hall for Sarajevo and [more]
Isotop is a hybrid of a motel and a sport centre tying the economical input of the larger region onto one ofBern’s peripheral sites. The project activates the existing sequence of green leisure areas typical for edge locations. Grass-covered tilted planes form the roofs of airy gymnasiums and establish the green and wide horizons of the [more]