Gehrenseehöfe Neighbourhood Regeneration



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Belle Époque / HOWOGE


Mixed-use residential project with ca. 1.800 new appartments, a school and small shops


2018 Urban design competition
2019 Qualification of masterplan
2020-present Development of land-use plan (Bebauungsplanverfahren)


Markus Appenzeller, Richard Gray, Andrew Kitching, Christoph Michael*, Maximilian Müller*, Natalya Pirogova, Martin Probst, Magdalena Szczypka, Mateusz Zielinski*, Marina Rondini*
Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten, Grieger Harzer Landschaftsarchitekten
* team members now working under the name Studio M³


2018 Urban Design and Architecture competition, 1st Prize

We changed

From disconnected real estate to a vibrant piece of city


+ Stitching together public space systems on multiple layers from underground, ground and bridge level
+ Integration of public spaces and building functions from metro station platform to


+ Focus on public space networks to promote a low carbon lifestyle
+ Sponge city solutions in public space


+ MLA+ in close collaboration with client’s design management team
+ MLA+ leading multidisciplinary planning and design team
When we study existing cities closer, we can find pieces of land along railways lines, big streets, industrial zones, and other rather “unfriendly” uses, that don’t appear to be suitable for living at first glance. Our cities are also filled with older development that has seen “better days” since they were constructed several decades ago. Together with municipalities, clients, and also self-initiated, we are studying, how such land parcels could get a used better. Usually this is only possible, if we are able to find solutions within the complex constellation of constraints and requirements. This is a daring task, where existing formulas don’t work any more, but where site condition trigger innovation and careful considerations. This former soviet-style housing plot lay empty for many years, because the surrounding busy roads, the adjacent industrial estate, and the requirement to build a new school seemed to make it impossible to develop a feasible and liveable quarter. Through the design process we discovered that a calm interior zone can be created through building a continuous outer block, that protects, yet also defines the quarter. At key moments, the block opens with lively plazas to the context. A sequence of semi public and communal internal spaces provides a comfortable inner structure. Interestingly, the sought-after Reform-Wohnungsbau (reform housing areas) of the 1920s followed a similar strategy: to create attractive housing with a “reformed” block model, that carefully breaks away from the classical, yet overcrowded European block.

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