Urban design competition in Hanover/ Hans-Böckler-Allee/text


Location: Hanover
Competition: 2. Prize 2009
Client: BauWo Grundstücks AG

Urban design competition in Hanover/ Hans-Böckler-Allee

At the location between a former car dealer and the expressway on an area of 19,600 square meters and an additional area of a former administration building of 18,000 square meters, a new construction is planned for residential and office use. Within an urban design competition an appropriate solution was designed.

The design for the construction defines a clear entrance towards the inner city area of Hanover. Two new building cubes form an open gate situation along the expressway. Thereby, the southern building volume emphasizes the horizontality and velocity, while the northern skyscraper marks the vertical point in the urban structure.

Axial entrances, forecourts, passages, edges and recesses within the volume form a varied appearance. The new seven-storey building will be opened on one side with a three-level passage thus – in combination with the façade – creating an alignment with openings towards the popular open space. The façade takes on the brick surface as a defining identity and material. The design concept presents a rhythm of windows that structures the surface giving a special impression.

The office building on the southern side of the property offers many variations of use for an economic development of a continuous construction and extension grid.