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Gate Garden

The present feasibility study is based on Curt Behrendt's guiding principle from "The uniform block front as a spatial element in urban construction" from 1912, which emphasizes that it is not the individual house, but the rhythmic rowing of houses within a block that makes the architecturally uniform block front as a spatial element for urban architecture present forms. This guide serves as the basis for the development of an urban development concept that fits seamlessly into the surrounding urban structure of the northern part of Dortmund and takes up or redefines existing spatial qualities.

The aim is to create a lively mix of uses with appropriate density and scale and to design a development of urban residential buildings as a response to the formerly progressive architecture of post-war modernism. The architecture should appear self-confident and contemporary and yet fit harmoniously into the existing cityscape. The designed houses are intended to enter into a dialogue with their neighboring houses and not to display fashionable appearances, but rather to propose sustainable development that will last for several generations.

The starting point for the design is the widespread development structure of the northern part of the city, especially the edge of the block. Based on an in-depth city analysis, a block perimeter development is developed that uses proven urban architecture tools such as streets, houses and courtyards. The focus is on residential use, with the aim of achieving a balanced mix of different types and sizes of housing in order to promote the diversity and quality of life of the new district.

The present feasibility study therefore presents an urban development concept that not only meets the aesthetic and functional requirements, but also contributes to the further development and upgrading of the northern part of Dortmund.

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