Apartments, offices and restaurants: A concept developed by Koschany + Zimmer Architekten KZA provides this use for the site of the former Funke headquarters in Essen. The Essen architects developed their ideas for an urban development competition organized by the investor OFB from Frankfurt.
The planning aims to turn the area into an identity-forming urban quarter. Three buildings in the northern area of the property are interlocked in a way that creates interesting spatial sequences and open space situations.
In order to ensure a pleasant atmosphere, the office buildings in the west form a soundproofing back to Hans-Böckler-Straße. In the eastern part, there are mainly apartments. The central high point in the southern part is home to hotel business, restaurants and exclusive living space. North of the high point, a public green space can be found.
With the development of further construction phases, the area unfolds its full potential. Due to the preservation of the listed Osramhaus and the connection of a block edge development, the quarter is completed to the western edge. A central square on Sachsenstraße serves the public as a place of residence, including cafés and shopping facilities. Sachsenstraße is abandoned in this section, so that the public space connects the two construction phases.
The quarter is traffic-calmed and offers bicycle parking spaces both above ground and in the underground garages. A large part of the underground car park ceilings and underground parts of the building can be grassed, as well as the flat roofs.