Is it an urban taboo if the openness of a neighbourhood only arouses its magic through the closedness of its edges?
In the area around the Stuhlrohrhallen, in the immediate vicinity of the railway station and the historic town centre of Bergedorf, a new urban quarter is to be created. The plot is exposed to strong noise pollution on three sides, but is oriented to the east towards the Schleusengraben, a largely natural canal flanked by green vegetation. The adequate density was to be explored via the project.
The large frame along the public street spaces opens up a spacious inland area. Three entrance buildings open on the ground floor invite all passers-by to cross this inland space, which with its merging square spaces offers attractive public diagonal connections to the Schleusengraben, the railway station and the city centre. Correspondingly positioned point blocks provide for the flowing course, whereby the entire quarter is connected to the Schleusengraben. At the Schleusengraben itself, the adapted hall with its “excavated” hortus conclusus (closed garden) and the Bergedorf market creates a public hotspot for Bergedorf and Hamburg as a whole. The landmark character is reinforced by a new high-rise building, which creates an exciting dialogue with the horizontal structure of the halls and “proclaims” the promenade at the Schleusengraben as an urban centre: To live in the Inland Grove does not only mean to be in an urban centre with a high quality of open space, but also to cross or search the Inland Grove as a passer-by and thus reach Bergedorf in a new way.