As in so many post-industrial cities, the relationship between water and city has changed from being a source of production and income into being a source of leisure and nature experiences. These cities all share a common challenge to bridge heavy infrastructure formerly serving the industry and reconnect the historic city centers with this natural resource.
with its waterfront
In scale, the project links the finer grain of the inner city with the larger volumes of the harbour area. Centrally on site, the urban plaza Ludwig Franzius Platz is established, respecting the axis of Hilde Adolf Park that connects the site with the city center.
“Go with us to Bremen!” The project is located in Bremen in north-western Germany, a city that is famous for the Brothers Grimm folktale The Town Musicians of Bremen about four animals that to go to Bremen to seek their freedom.
The four building volumes are shaped as hybrids between traditional courtyard buildings and a series of smaller towers integrated into the development. The lower part of the buildings are up to six floors high, not exceeding the height of the surrounding context.
We have put a lot of effort into developing a innovative transport concept for the development. For instance, we have designed a mobility house, where bike rental and car sharing are offered increasing flexibility for people and green mobility. And by public transport you are just four stops from the Europahafen on Obernstraße in the heart of BremenDan Stubbergaard, architect and founder, Cobe
shaping the future
The open and active ground-floor level of the buildings creates an active edge towards the water, making it a vibrant new meeting point for inhabitants and visitors to Bremen.
Historically, Bremen has always been an important harbour city in Germany’s history. Imposing commercial and bank buildings in the city center still tell the story of a once buzzing Hanseatic town.
The façade materials and color relate equally to the historic context of the city center and the industrial harbour. The ensamble is part of the same family, but each family member has its own personality.