Future City Center, Kaarst , 2021, 3. Prize
Kaarst is diverse and entertaining, full of flair and familiar atmosphere. We focus on four core ideas to promote these valuable characteristics: four characterful themed squares, curated diversity of uses for the commercial areas, clear address generation, promotion of pedestrian traffic, cycling and public transport. In terms of urban planning, the new building masses fit naturally into the evolved cityscape, creating spatial edges and the density necessary for a city centre. Four squares emerge. The buildings naturally redirect the flows of movement along the green axis. The squares are distinguished by their individual characters; they are deliberately assigned specific uses in order to strengthen them. In the future, pedestrian and cycle traffic in particular will be promoted. The number of above-ground parking spaces will be reduced, whereas the existing underground car park at the roundabout will be extended along Maubisstrasse to accommodate a significantly larger number of cars. The underground car parks underneath the new buildings together with the Mobility Hub and the promotion of public transport will also help to ensure that sufficient parking spaces are available for visitors. The market square literally rolls out a carpet for urban life. The ornamental paving of the square naturally connects its northern and southern parts. A variety of uses are conceivable on the open square. The music pavilion is a stage for small music events at weekends, which create an atmospheric attraction for Kaarst’s town centre.