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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
Laura Spenkelink
Corinna Wassermann
Willemijn van Manen
Kim Kool
Andreas Ebert
Immanuel Fäustle
DeZwarteHond

List
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  2. Dietenbach Freiburg
  3. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  4. Proto Tamansari
  5. Public Space Alpen
  6. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  7. Jonas Amsterdam
  8. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  9. City Square Tyumen
  10. Dharavi Mumbai
  11. Bandar Lampung Park
  12. Strategic Urban Green Study
  13. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  14. Ódinstorg Square
  15. Ludlstrasse Munich
  16. Yaanila Country Park
  17. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  18. Villa Garden
  19. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  20. Buji River
  21. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  22. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  23. Maritime Campus Almere
  24. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  25. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  26. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  27. City Extension Plan Yangon
  28. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  29. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  30. Fish Market Leuven
  31. Zinder Culture Cluster
  32. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  33. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  34. Strategic Plan Fier
  35. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  36. Kronenburg Business Park
  37. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  38. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  39. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  40. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  41. Berlin Am Volkspark
  42. The Museum of the 20th Century
  43. Gardabaer
  44. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  45. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  46. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  47. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  48. Danxia Recreational Park
  49. University Campus San Pedro
  50. City Gardens Tyumen
  51. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  52. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  53. R&D Campus
  54. S-West Eindhoven
  55. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  56. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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