The requirements for the project ‘Residence on Kurt Schumacher Ring’ in Wolfsburg-Detmerode are defined by the history of this urban district and, in this particular case, the ‘stepped tower block’ as a strong identifying feature of the neighbourhood.
The new development needs to live up to the previous building with due respect while also replacing it in its own right. To this end, the concept follows the principles of continuity and transformation. The current building has a powerful presence and significant influence on the area. At the same time, it interacts minimally with its surroundings in terms of the space it occupies and urban programs. The concept relies on the depth of the plot to loosely integrate the structures into the landscape while minimising the ‘footprint’ of the buildings. The view and sun exposure are maximised. The height of the building varies according to urban planning requirements. The route through the property is linked to the existing network of bicycle paths and walkways as an explicit response to the question of urban relevance. This makes the ‘interior’ of the site accessible beyond the actual property and deliberately inserts the public space into the project area.