A hybrid, modular building

A hybrid, modular building  Wolfsburg, 2020
A hybrid, modular building  Wolfsburg, 2020

Competition 1st prize

A hybrid, modular building

Wood hybrid construction

The landscape is connected!


The Westhagen site features an impressive landscape. The development of the two corridors of open space flanking the district along the Dresden ring and Frankfurter Strasse, and the objective formulated in the revised urban design of establishing boardwalk-like areas to complete the connections of these spaces to the largest possible central market square, are considered correct and important aspects of the project and will be elaborated in greater detail as an optional proposal. Likewise, the footprints, volumes and positions are deliberately retained and only slightly altered to comply with the position of the supply lines.


The ground floors are encircled by private tenant areas for the residents, in line with the stance taken by urban design and the need to maintain a social and private distance to publicly accessible spaces. But a concept for tenant terraces to be implemented mainly in the common areas of the houses and the stone sides of the buildings has been proposed with the aim of increasing spatial diversity and housing quality beyond the traditional enclosed tenant garden.


  • A hybrid, modular ‘cross-construction’ The concept borrows the strategy of the modular transverse matrix from the automotive industry and applies it to the scale of the building. In its implementation, the modular building structure consists of 3D modules (highly equipped building components such as baths) and 2D modules (walls and ceilings) and allows for a wide range of creative possibilities in terms of appearance. In order to achieve a mix of flats with an optimal number of circulation routes, the new quarter consists of two basic building types: one with two or three dwellings per access and another arcade type, which makes the small flats economically viable. Both types alternate in the east-west direction, ensuring diversity and a good mix in the quarter. The buildings on Dessauer Strasse alternate with the courtyard development in the facade concept to establish a rhythm in the building sequence.


– Hybrid construction: fast, quiet and modular Based on a modular construction concept, the building features a distinctive grid structure and rooms for non-specific use. This will result in a flexible, robust building structure, allowing the rooms to be adapted to different uses over the long term. The hybrid construction uses an optimal combination of wood and reinforced concrete. One of the key principles here is rapid construction, which minimises the impact of the building site on the residents in the existing quarters and ensures a concise implementation of the project. Most of the buildings will be constructed without basements. There are storage areas on each floor as a replacement for the basement rooms or inside the apartments.


  • Client: Neuland Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Typology: Residential
  • City: Wolfsburg
  • GFA: 16.250 qm
  • Construction phases: CPH 1-9, , in planning
  • Architects: Partner und Partner Architekten
  • Team: Jörg Finkbeiner, Klaus Günter, Carolin Friedrich, Maren Vetter, Jeroen Meißner, Fabian Fleckenstein
  • Landscaper: Arge Treibhaus und Lavaland
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