Berlin-based practice J. MAYER H. has landed one of two first prizes in a three-level peer review process for an urban planning concept in Düsseldorf, Germany. The concept was developed for the area of what was once the post office on Erkrather Strasse. The so-called "Quartier M" is to serve as the future link between the Hauptbahnhof central station and Tanzhaus NRW/Capitol, becoming a lively city quarter for living and working.
In addition to offices and a hotel, the trend-setting urban design also provides for both privately financed and government subsidized public housing. Other plans include space for a day care center for children and service providers for the quarter.
The urban plan for "Quartier M" envisions three building blocks. J. MAYER H., as one of the two prize winners, will realize the commercial block including the office/hotel high rise. The planned high rise will grow like a sculpture from one of the enclosing peripheral developments. A peripheral structure unifies the "Quartier M" as a cohesive urban plan, creating a striking conclusion to the city's cultural boulevard.
The required pre-construction planning proceedings are scheduled for completion in mid-2014.
J. MAYER H. Architects, Team: Juergen Mayer H., Max Reinhardt, Simon Kassner, Hugo Reis, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
Investor: Lorac Investment Management, Luxemburg
Structure and facade planning: Knippers Helbig, Stuttgart
Climate and energy concept: Transsolar, Stuttgart
Traffic consultant: GRI Gesellschaft für Gesamtverkehrsplanung, Berlin
Start of construction approx: 2014