Strasbourg – Kehl Urban Design Competition, Cour des Douanes Zollhofareal, Building, Architect
Strasbourg – Kehl, Cour des Douanes – Zollhofareal : Architecture
Urban Design Contest in eastern France – design by LIN
7 Feb 2013
Strasbourg – Kehl, Cour des Douanes – Zollhofareal
LIN wins international competition “Strasbourg – Kehl, Cour des Douanes – Zollhofareal”
Location: Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau: Strasbourg, France / Kehl, Germany
LIN has been announced as the winner of the international urban design competition “Strasbourg – Kehl, Cour des Douanes – Zollhofareal”, launched together by the city of Kehl (Germany) and the Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg (France).
Since the early 2000s the two cities have been reinforcing their ties in a process aiming to establish a European transborder metropolis along the Rhine River. The competition was about the transformation of the territory around the historic French and German border crossing, once split by the Rhine, now open for future developments.
The project of LIN is at the same time a vision to reunite the two cities/countries around the river and a framework for the urbanization of the site.
The project takes on the site’s existing qualities and proposes a new geographical coherence. The urban structure unfolds out of and towards the Rhine, enhancing its physical and symbolic presence. At the same time it remains open to multiple functions and uses. New bridges and micro-passages help overcome the many borders on the site and generate a multitude of singular urban situations.
The French-German jury, chaired by Henri Bava, met on 17.01.2013. Four projects were given awards, including two first prizes which in a further step will merge to provide the framework for the urbanization of the site.
The cities of Kehl and Strasbourg have been reinforcing their ties since the early 2000s in a process aiming to establish a European transborder metropolis along the Rhine.
They belong to the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau, counting a population of 900 000 inhabitants.
LIN Architects Urbanists, Berlin/Paris:
Giulia Andi, Finn Geipel, Philip Koenig, David Levain (CdP), Bruno Pinto da Cruz, Thomas Untersweg, Andrea Alessio, Nagma Sharma, Jonas Tratz
Bassinet Turquin Paysage, Paris – Landscape:
Grégoire Bassinet, Rémy Turquin
Arup Deutschland GmbH, Berlin – Lighting & Sustainability:
Michael Dooney, Emily Dufner, Paula Longato, Alexander Rotsch, Carolin Seib
Joseph Hanimann, Paris – Philosophy
Strasbourg – Kehl, Cour des Douanes – Zollhofareal image / information from LIN
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