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Augsburg „Prinz Karl Quarter“

(Bavaria)

Ambitious mixed use on inner city conversion area

A new district is being created on an inner city military wasteland since 1998. It will provide office and industrial spaces, affordable room for various lifestyles and residence types, an urban district centre, day care centres, and a large green area.

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Context

Luftbild während der BodensanierungSource: Oberste Baubehörde

Augsburg (pop. 260.000) has been particularly hard hit by the decommissioning of militarily used areas. The city has hence been confronted with extensive conversion challenges since the beginning of the 1990s. Since falling into disuse in 1992, the site of the former “Prinz Karl Barracks” south of Augsburg’s inner city is being revitalized as part of an urban planning development measure. In 1996, a part of the area was included in the programme "Settlement Models Bavaria" (Siedlungsmodelle Bayern) promoting the construction of future-oriented residential quarters subject to a cost ceiling of 920 Euro/m² for housing space. The programme attaches particular importance to the recycling of wastelands, to environment-compatible traffic and open space planning, to the energy supply methods and to the selection of construction materials, as well as to social qualities.

Project description

Wohnprojekt und KasernengebäudeSource: ARC Architekten, Bad Birnbach

As a consequence of an urban development competition held in 1997, an urban design outline plan specifying a uniform architectural structure and a central green area, the “Promenadenpark”, was developed for the 10,5 ha downtown area near a high school. The new quarter is intended to link up the previously separate late 19th century and 1920s residential districts with its green space, footpaths and bicycle lanes as well as improving the open space situation. As a quality improvement measure for individual project sections, sub-development plans are being elaborated in expert advisory and competition procedures, while the new developments and conversions, respectively, are being realized in stages. On several building sites, a total of 500 residential units are being created in a 4-floor, urbanized construction style catering to various types of housing (supervised housing, housing cooperative, family residences, etc.). By the end of 2005, a sum total of 6 individual projects comprising approximately 200 residential units had been completed. Further units are in the process of being constructed. The listing-grade barrack buildings at the edge of the area were refurbished and converted into shop premises or high-quality office spaces for business and/or service operations. In addition, a district and community centre featuring a library, a town hall and a day nursery has been completed, as has the green space “Promenadenpark”. Along the railway tracks at the district periphery a 4-storey student hostel comprising approximately 250 apartments has been constructed. It caters to the housing needs of the students of a nearby high school. By virtue of the intelligent building arrangement and layout concept, a building complex meeting all urban design and height-related quality demands has been created on an area which was previously deemed unsuitable for development owing to noise pollution.

Project chronology

YearEvent
1992The military withdraws from Prinz Karl barracks
1994/95Urban design ideas competition
since 1996Inclusion in the programme "Settlement Models Bavaria"
from 1997Outline planning, development measures, expert advisory procedures, land-use plans
1998Start of the architectural engineering measures
2000Residents move into the first apartments
2003Completion of the student hostel
2005Completion of the "Settlement Models" section

Aims

Kindergarten-AußenspielflächeSource: Oberste Baubehörde

  • Mixed use (services, social infrastructure, housing) in inner city conversion area
  • Providing the surroudning high-density quarters with open space and green networking
  • Promotion of affordable, ecological and social housing
  • Establishment of a stable, varied resident mix and neighbourhood

Types of measures

Studenten-WohnheimSource: Schlude/Ströhle Architekten, Stuttgart

  • Redevelopment and change of use of listing-grade building stock
  • Combination of various residence types: student accommodation, “sheltered housing”, cooperative housing, family residences
  • Cost- and space-saving, environment-compatible construction methods (cost ceiling, 3-storied buildings, energy and water supply specifications, selection of construction material)
  • Quality assurance via expert advisory procedures and competition

State programme “Settlement Models Bavaria" (Siedlungsmodelle Bayern) of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs (Bayerischen Staatsministeriums des Innern)

Innovations

Blick auf GesamtanlageSource: Oberste Baubehörde

This example shows that it is possible to construct a varied, ecological and affordable residential and business quarter in an integrated location if the assistance is tied to qualitative set targets and their consequent realization. The quality standard achieved is exemplary in view of the cost ceiling of 920 euro/m².

Sources

  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (2004): Siedlungsmodelle. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models. New Ways to Affordable, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria), „Siedlungsmodelle“ magazine issue 7, Wohnungen und Haustypen (Apartments and House Types), Munich
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (2004): Siedlungsmodelle. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models. New Ways to Affordable, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria), Siedlungsmodelle issue 6, Instrumente der Qualitätssicherung (Quality Assurance Instruments), Munich
  • Hörmann, Tina (2003): Innovative Urban Development in Bavaria. Innovativer Städtebau in Bayern. Das Landesprogramm Siedlungsmodelle am Beispiel "Prinz-Karl-Viertel" in Augsburg (The State Programme Settlement Models as exemplified by the „Prinz Karl District“ in Augsburg). In: Stadtentwicklung rückwärts! Brachen als Chance? (Reverse Urban Development! Wastelands as Opportunities?), Dortmund/Hannover/Aachen
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (1999): Siedlungsmodelle. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models. New Ways to Affordable, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria), Siedlungsmodelle issue 4, Freiflächenplanung (Open Space Planning). Munich
  • Benecke, Jochen (1998): Ökologie - Energie Augsburg "Prinz-Karl-Viertel" (Ecology – Energy Augsburg „Prinz Karl District“). In: Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (ed.): Siedlungsmodelle - Ideen, Konzepte, Planungen (Settlement Models – Ideas, Concepts, Planning). Munich
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (1997): Siedlungsmodelle. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models. New Ways to Affordable, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria). Siedlungsmodelle issue 3, Die Projekte (The Projects). Munich
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (n. y.): Siedlungsmodelle Bayern (Settlement Models Bavaria). Munich

Further information

The projekt site ist to be found at postal code: 86044 - town: Augsburg - street: Schertlinstraße.

Poject site on Google-Maps: Augsburg "Prinz Karl Quartier"

Record inserted on 01.02.2004 by Lehrstuhl für Planungstheorie und Stadtplanung, RWTH Aachen and updated by theFederal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR).

Last update: 05.02.2018

Additional Information

Protagonists

  • Stadt Augsburg (Augsburg Council), Referat 6 (Department 6), Herr Merkle, Leiter Konversionsflächen (conversion areas manager), Post box 111960, 86044 Augsburg, tel. 0821/324-4604; Stadtplanungsamt (Town Planning Department), Herr Billenstein, post box 111960, 86044 Augsburg, tel. 0821/324-6501, fax –6503; (www.augsburg.de)
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority of the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs), Caroline Blum, Post box, 80535 Munich, tel. 089/2192-3603, Fax -13350, web: www.stmi.bayern.de (photos 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  • Architekturbüro Claus Neumann (Architect), Oranienburgerstrasse 66, 10117 Berlin, tel. 030/263056-0, fax 030/263056-10, email: mail@cn-architekten.de, web: www.cn-architekten.de Author of the Outline Plan: Claus Neumann architects in cooperation with Katrin Cramer and Moritz Auer.
  • Schlude/Ströhle Architects, Gutenbergstr. 41, 70176 Stuttgart, tel. 0711/620165-0, email: mail@schlude-stroehle.de, web: www.schlude-stroehle.de (student hostel, photo 4)

Record inserted on 01.02.2004 by Lehrstuhl für Planungstheorie und Stadtplanung, RWTH Aachen and updated by theFederal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR).

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