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Fürth „Südstadt“


New urban district in historical setting

A new residential district is being created in the direct periphery of Fürth’s inner city on a former barracks site. A generously equipped city park was also established on the site measuring aproximately 42 ha. The existing building stock was largely preserved and converted. New constructions were used for gentle augmentation.

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Überblick über das GeländeSource: Stadtplanungsamt Fürth

The barrack buildings were erected in the southern parts of Fürth (pop. now 111.500) for the Royal Bavarian Army in 1890. Following the Second World War, the US army took over the military base, renaming it “W. O. Darby Barracks”. Once the US army had decided to withdraw its forces in 1995, an area of approximately 42 ha became available to the council for new developments.

Project description

StraßenansichtSource: Stadtplanungsamt Fürth

A new urban residential quarter for 3,500 residents is to be created on a former army barracks site in a central location. Approximately 1,100 new residential units have been created so far.

The core element of the outline plan, which resulted from an urban design ideas competition held as early as 1996, is a "city park" covering an area of approximately 10 hectare. A large lawn, which can be used by residents for a variety of activities, is bordered by an avenue lined by three rows of lime-trees.

At the edge of the southern city park is the “Green Hall” – the former sports hall of the barracks– which has been converted into a market hall or, respectively, a concert and event venue. The facility is completed by a catering operation with park-access and supplementary amenities (for example a music school).

A key aspect of the urban development outline plan was the change of use of 40 listed barrack buildings. A varied mixture of housing styles catering to a wide range of requirements has been created inside these former troop accommodation buildings. A good example is the barracks complex’ massive head building (210 m long with six floors), where high-quality owner-occupier and penthouse apartments were realized. Besides the sports hall, other functional buildings existing on the site also found new residents, for example the former chapel.

At the urban district park, the first and largest part of the second construction section of housing estates funded under the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior’s programme “Settlement Models” has been completed. 120 of the 200 planned residential units have been created so far, in line with cost-saving and ecological perspectives. They provide affordable and high-quality housing in the direct neighbourhood of the park. The refurbishment measures of old buildings are nearly finished. Only a small number of areas for the construction of new buildings is still available, altogether 93% of the building plots have already been sold (as per May 2009).

Project chronology

1995Withdrawal of the US army from “W. O. Darby Barracks”
1996Limited urban design ideas competition
1997The urban development outline plan is drawn up
2001Residents move into the first buildings
2003Conversion of the barracks’ head building for residential uses
2004Opening of the “Green Hall” and the southern city park
200993% of the building plots have been sold, approximately 1,100 residential units have been created so far


Blick auf WohngebäudeSource: Stadtplanungsamt Fürth

  • Change of use and redevelopment of historic building stock
  • Interior development of a new district featuring a high residential quality
  • Affordable, new inner city housing
  • Expansion of the green space supply

Types of measures

Blick auf denkmalgeschützte KasernenSource: Stadtplanungsamt Fürth

  • Integration of 40 listed barracks buildings in the district concept
  • Augmentation of listed stock via new buildings
  • Concentration of public green spaces in a district park


Markt in der Grünen HalleSource: Stadtplanungsamt Fürth

In the Fürth district of „Südstadt“, the change of use of a former barracks site resulted in a high-quality residential quarter with historical ambiance. This was particularly achieved by concentrating green spaces in a single public park and integrating the 40 listed buildings, which now accommodate a wide range of new uses. The establishment of infrastructure facilities – such as the “Green Hall” or the music school – makes the new district a valuable asset for the entire city of Fürth.


  • (Architects) Pesch & Partner Städtebau (1997): William O. Darby Kaserne in Fürth. Städtebaulicher Rahmenplan (William O. Darby Barracks in Fürth. Urban Development Outline Plan). Herdecke
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (1997): Siedlungsmodelle. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models. New Ways to Favourably-Priced, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria). magazine „Siedlungsmodelle“, issue 3, Die Projekte (The Projects). Munich
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs) (1999): Siedlungsmodelle Freiflächenplanung. Neue Wege zu preiswertem, ökologischem und sozialem Wohnen in Bayern (Settlement Models Open Area Planning. New Ways to Favourably-Priced, Ecological and Social Housing in Bavaria). „Siedlungsmodelle“ issue 4. Munich
  • Händel, Wolfgang (2003): Kein Klotz am Bein Bauträger wagte Schritt, an den keiner glauben mochte (No Ball and Chain. Property Developer Dares to Take Step Nobody Wanted to Believe in.). In: Local newspaper „Fürther Nachrichten“, 16.9.2003. Fürth
  • Händel, Wolfgang (2003): Der neue Park mausert sich. In Fürths Süden geht es voran (The New Park is Growing up. Progress in Southern Fürth). In: Local newspaper „Fürther Nachrichten“, 29.07.03. Fürth
  • n. auth. (2004): Grüne Halle. Halle im Grünen (Green Hall. Hall in the Greenery).Fürth

Further information

The projekt site ist to be found at postal code: 90763 - town: Fürth - street: Krautheimerstraße, Fronmüllerstraße.

Poject site on Google-Maps: Fürth - Südstadt

Last update: 29.01.2018

Additional Information


  • Town planners “Stadtplanungsbüro Pesch & Partner”, Zweibrücker Hof 2, 58313 Herdecke (outline plan)
  • Prof. G. Aufmkolk, Nürnberg (open space plan)
  • Stadt Fürth (Fürth Council), Stadtplanungsamt (Urban Planning Department), Dietmar Most, Hirschenstraße 2, 90762 Fürth, Tel. 0911/974-3310, Fax -3302, eMail:, Web:
  • Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (Supreme Building Authority in the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs), Sachgebiet Städtebau, Franz-Josef-Strauß-Ring 4, 80539 München, Web:

Record inserted on 01.07.2004 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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