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BOARD takes diversity and communal living to the next level

Nov 23, '20 5:25 PM EST

6 Blocks and 3 Open Spaces

To create a new connecting center with a social cohesion in Schönau, we  propose to network this new center as far as possible with the  surrounding streets and paths. This creates 6 city blocks and 3 open  space zones. With open but space-encompassing u-shaped buildings, a  clearly structured urban area is created. The different depths, heights  and typologies of the buildings will enable diverse living spaces for  different target groups.

The Block 

A semi-public footpath runs through 5 of the 6 blocks connecting the  semi-public green inner courtyards and the new quarter with its context  while opening up the blocks even further. Nevertheless, the open  u-shaped blocks create intimate spaces and a sense of security that the  existing row buildings did not provide. On the edge of the blocks are  private gardens for the ground floor apartments. All apartments are  accessed from the outside of the block. 

Schönau Square, Tram Forum and Community Park 

The redesigned loop of the tram with 3 different multifunctional open  spaces will contribute to a positive and secure identity of the new  center. In the center the “Schönau Square” is being built with trees,  benches and a sports field; in the south the “Tram Forum” with a new  tram stop, a temporary market and a stage in front of the youth center;  and in the north, the “Community Park” with opportunities for urban  agriculture and the “Schönen Au”, a body of water that stores rainwater.

A clear but Varied Urban Structure 

The 6 city blocks create a clear but varied 1- to 5-storey building  structure, which relates to the building heights of the surrounding  area, but whose density remains flexible. The grocery store and the  commercial uses will be located on the ground floors of the eastern  blocks. Commercial uses would also be possible in small form within the  quarter. Common areas for the quarter are proposed for some of the  taller buildings. 

5 Green Courtyards and 1 Roof Garden 

The 5 green inner courtyards with their different themes and plantings – inspired by the interests and geography of Schönau – will motivate the  residents to appropriate the spaces contributing to a feeling of  belonging and community. The existing playground becomes one of the  courtyards. There is a “flower garden”, “tree garden”, “learning garden” and a “bee garden”. Additionally there is a “roof garden” on the  grocery store and all existing trees that have been preserved receive  signs with information.