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Public Space Alpen

Futureproof Village Realm

Alpen is a municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Felixx is working on a staged transformation of the public spaces and landscapes of the village. Unlike many other villages, Alpen has a vibrant business community. It is very well connected to main infrastructures and situated in a beautiful rural environment. To fight the challenges of rural shrinkage, these qualities have to be sustained in order to provide qualitative living conditions, motivating young families to settle in Alpen. Transforming the center into a more urban variant of itself has proved to be a common but insufficient strategy to achieve this. Therefore we moved the focus from the center to the entire community: not one compact transformation, but a large set of acupunctural interventions and measures.

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Felixx developed 3 strategies to preserve the current economic conditions, strengthen the social facilities and improve the ecological performance of the village. The first strategy creates a characteristic village road for shops and commercial functions. The second strategy unites all existing landscaped within and around the village, turning them into an active green belt with multigenerational facilities. The third strategy transforms the existing center of the village into a communal living room. These 3 strategies are divided into 9 projects that will be constructed during the next years.

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The first project is the Neue Mitte, turning the center into a communal living room. The entire area is paved with a shared space carpet. Inlayed flower patterns animate the specific spaces. Custom-made furniture elements are designed as scaled up living room elements. The different objects were shown as 1:1 mockup models to the inhabitants, during a festive participation event.   

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Year

2016 - 2020

Location

Alpen, Germany

Type

Masterplan, Public Space

Client

Municipality of Alpen

Size

13.5 ha

Awards

1st Prize

Publications

Competition Online
Architectenweb
Lokalkompass
RP online
Architecture Lab
Niederrhein Nachrichten

Team & partners

Michiel van Driessche
Deborah Lambert
Marnix Vink
Ramona Stiehl
Klaus-Peter Lorenz
Ulrike Jägert
Ilva Mishtaku
Klaudio Ruci
Laura Spenkelink
Corinna Wassermann
Willemijn van Manen
Kim Kool
Andreas Ebert
Immanuel Fäustle
DeZwarteHond

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  18. Yaanila Country Park
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  20. Villa Garden
  21. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  22. Socio-technical city of the future
  23. Buji River
  24. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  25. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  26. Maritime Campus Almere
  27. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  28. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  29. Imagewharf
  30. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  31. City Extension Plan Yangon
  32. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  33. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  34. Fish Market Leuven
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  39. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  40. Kronenburg Business Park
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  43. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  44. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  45. Berlin Am Volkspark
  46. The Museum of the 20th Century
  47. Gardabaer
  48. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  49. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  50. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  51. Erlongshan Recreational Park
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  55. City Gardens Tyumen
  56. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
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