3rd Prize for the Belsenpark
High-rise ensemble for Düsseldorf

In an implementation competition sponsored by PANDION AG and the City of Düsseldorf, our concept was awarded 3rd prize!

The high-rise forms the end point of Belsenpark and functions as an urban link to the surrounding areas. The complex divided into three buildings reflects its environment in terms of height and structure. The two high-rises with overall heights of 74 meters and 90 meters constitute a higher-level urban ensemble that permits views across the city and Rhine River. In the interior, the stepped shape forms the subdued core – a vertical, planted urban space. Altogether, 189 privately financed apartments are spread out over 17 and 22 floors respectively, with a total floor area of 26,300 square meters, thereby creating a vertical village.

The base, which is divided into three buildings, establishes a connection to the Seestern, Vodafone Campus, and Heerdt areas to the north. In addition to the public uses on the first floor, flexible office and co-working areas are provided as well as affordable living spaces. The modern co-working and office environment extends over four floors. The southeastern building contains 42 affordable living apartments on six stories. The district functions like a small village and integrates an attractive mix of uses, including restaurants, retail, fitness, a day-care center, co-working areas, offices, residences, a service point, and a mobility hub. The supporting structure of the building complex is designed as a material-optimized, reinforced concrete skeleton construction employing low-cement concrete and recycled concrete. Wood is used as wall and ceiling cladding in both the interior and exterior.

The facades are composed of a combination of natural stone, wood-framed windows extending down to the ground, wood-element facades, PV elements, and greenery. The base is differentiated from the high-rise by its horizontal ribbons of prefabricated planters. On the Brüsseler Strasse side, the facades of the residential towers combine PV panels and communal gardens. The horizontal bands are composed of local natural stone. Glazed sliding doors and story-high glazed surfaces allow a maximum of natural daylight and vistas. A glass screen erected between the two high-rises provides noise reduction. The buildings follow the cradle-to-cradle design principle and are thought of in terms of complete product cycles. The healthy materials selected are easily dismantled and can be sorted by material type, making them fully recyclable.

Congratulations to 1st-prize winner UNStudio, and to Hadi Teherani, who won 2nd prize.

Design: caspar., studio grüngrau, Werner Sobek, and Corall Ingenieure GmbH
Visualization: © caspar./moka-studio