The winning design by the London-based architectural firm ACME and its partners Stadt Land Fluss (Berlin) and Kieran Fraser Landscape Design (Vienna) is based on an urban open space planning concept that envisages the development of an urban, mixed-use quarter with a concise built-spatial structure and independent identity.
The available space will be used for a robust structure that is deliberately broken up again and again. As a result, the quarter will be walkable and well connected in all directions - even the buildings themselves are partly connected by bridges between the roofs. The new urban quarter is structured by 3 public open spaces: the "METRO Campus" to the west, the "Quartiersgasse" to the east and the so-called "Green Lane" to the south. The new quarter will create inviting, differentiated public spaces, attractive residential locations, and all necessary social infrastructure facilities.
The vision of the METRO Campus is based on a well-thought-out mix of uses that includes the potential of a "new center" for the adjacent trendy Flingern-Nord district. Here, in addition to the existing uses, new ones are added that are not only intended as a concrete offer for the future residents of the area but are also intended for the residents and users in the neighborhood. In terms of neighborhood amenities, everything has been thought of on the METRO Campus. Studios, greenhouses, workshops, office space and co-working spaces, a variety of shopping and recreational opportunities, and diverse dining options make life on campus worth living. For children growing up here, there are 3 daycare centers, 1 elementary school and high-quality public playgrounds. For the older generation, care facilities are planned directly on the campus.
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A key aspect of neighborhood planning is the issue of sustainability. Intensive greening of roofs and public spaces, including rainwater management and climatic optimization of the building blocks, counteracts the heat-island effect and ensures a comfortable microclimate. In selected areas, species-rich vegetation areas and diverse habitats for plants and animals are created. Roof areas that cannot be walked on will be extensively vegetated. Where possible and appropriate, roof areas will be designed as solar green roofs.
The architecture of the new urban quarter continues the innovative development history of the site. The site already played a prominent role in the industrial city of Düsseldorf:
Before METRO's current use, the area was the site of the famous Schmincke paint factories, the Grafenberg rolling mills and the Hohenzollern locomotive works in the south of the campus. The relocation of the former METRO wholesale store now offers great development potential near the various existing METRO buildings as future neighbors and the 3 adjacent attractive neighborhoods of Flingern, Düsseltal and Grafenberg. The proposed guidelines for the architectural design refer to the history of the area. The architectural identity of the blocks is used to structure neighborhoods and to define the different landscape spaces more precisely.