A new quarter in the Haaren district of Aachen, Germany

The project

The purpose of this project was to redevelop and design a quarter in the Haaren district of the city of Aachen, Germany. It is a light industry region mixed with residential buildings, which makes it hard for both residents and workers as the mixed infrastructure does not favor either. There is also a lack of quality in the green spaces. Our goal was to design a better redevelopment plan for the area.
This was a group project and as a group member I took part in all of the project phases – analysis of the surrounding and general conditions, preparation of the concept plans, designing the master and detail plans (1:500, 1:250, 3D), and also model making. 

Analysis

The first step was to properly analyze the site and the general conditions of the Juelicher Strasse area – between Prager Ring and the Haaren district center. It was important to properly understand the features of the space in order to create the most suitable design for the given area.
Some of the main points which we took into consideration in our analysis were the urban location, utilization and social infrastructure, building and spatial design, landscape and open space structure and the technical infrastructure. 

Concept

We divided our group in smaller teams in order to produce 3 different concept ideas for the project. This way we managed to evaluate each concept objectively and decide which one would be most suitable for the area. We had to develop the most appropriate into the actual design.

 

Case studies

The next step was to evaluate the 3 main ideas  and discuss the pros and cons of each and every one. The main concept plans had to be presented simply and clearly in order to convey the redevelopment task. Our 3 concepts were very different from each other, but aspects such as expansion of the green areas and reorganization of the industry area were major points in all of them. 

The master plan

The main idea, which we chose after our group discussion, had to be developed into an actual master plan. The main point of the master plan was to show where structural, spatial and constructional measures had to be taken, in order to follow the design concept.

Lodging capacity

Student Dorm /16 modules/
– Module with 3 floors – 2 apartaments on each floor– 384 people
– Module with 2 floors – 2 apartaments on each floor – 192 people
– Module with 1 floor – Workshops, Party rooms,  Studios
a total of : 576 people

Apartment buildings with mixed usage for the ground floor
– 9x Module 22m / 3 floors / – 2 apartaments on each floor – 234 people
– 4x Module 44m / 3 floors / – 2 apartaments on each floor – 144 people
a total of: 378 people

Family living
– 10x Single-family-house – 4 people in each house – 40 people
– 17x Semi-detached-house – 3 people in each house– 102 people
– 15x Townhouse – 3 people in each house – 90 people
a total of : 232 people

– a total of 1186 residents
– job opportunities : 204

Design

The spatial design concepts were to be designed into detail in order to show the functionality of the building structures and their surroundings. The points which had to be addressed were the structure of the buildings, the free spaces, the utilization and the transport. Another major point was the differentiation between private free and green spaces and the public ones. 

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