Cha­rak­te­ris­tik: Multi-storey housing

Neckarpark" urban district in Stuttgart

70372 Stuttgart: Europe's largest wastewater heat utilisation plant will in future supply the new residential and commercial area with 850 residential units, commercial areas, parks, squares and streets on a total of 22 hectares and is thus a beacon project for renewable energies. The sewer will provide local heating and cooling via a 300m heat exchanger. The system has been installed since 2018 and will be commissioned as soon as the heating plant is also in full operation. The quarter is still under construction. Planned completion of the quarter: 2021

Wooden housing estate "Permoserstrasse" in Ingolstadt

85057 Ingolstadt: 132 WE + 2 community houses as prefabricated 3-storey timber frame construction. 795 €/m2 (<=> 1,590.70 DM/sqm WF; 159,714.29 DM/WE). Developed within the framework of the "Siedlungsmodelle Bayern". It is the first "real" timber housing estate with over 100 residential units, at least in Europe. Architecture: Project consortium Sampo Widmann with Prof. Hermann Schröder. Developer: Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft Ingolstadt. Completion: 1994 Baakenhafen Quarter (Hamburg)

Photos: Eble Messerschmidt Partner20457 Hamburg Baakenhafen: the eight-storey townhouse in Hamburg's Hafencity will be realised with 52 apartments as an ecological-social whole organism for approx. 180 residents. The consistent ecological orientation of the building concept ensures a low ecological footprint over the entire life cycle: solid wood construction (board stacks), solar power systems on the façade and roof, water and biomass circulation systems with grey water recycling and terra preta production, intensive façade greening and the greenhouse for growing vegetables on the roof. The design was awarded first prize in the we-house Baakenhafen realisation competition. Completion: 2023

Climate-neutral new housing estate Freiburg Dietenbach

79111 Freiburg-Dietenbach: one of the largest new development areas in Germany is being built on 110 hectares for 6,900 apartments. The intention is to create living space for 15,000 residents. Six new neighborhoods are to be developed in Freiburg's west along the Dietenbach as a climate-neutral and colorful district with short distances, open spaces, schools, sports facilities, daycare centers and shopping opportunities. It should be possible to move into the first apartments around 2025/2026. Completion: ~2035

Building and housing cooperative "Kraftwerk1" in Zurich

CH - 8005 Zurich: 100 apartments in 4 buildings with a total floor space of 11866 m². Infrastructure in the neighbourhood: restaurant, hairdresser, flower and fruit shop, a consumer depot with organic vegetables (opening hours in the off-peak hours), the "Pantoffelbar" with drinks around the clock, a guest room and a large common room with kitchen on the roof. The "Hardturm Settlement" as it is called by the "Kraftwerk 1" building and housing cooperative, which according to common definition would be called a quarter due to the building density and the mix of uses, is located in the Zurich West district. Completion: Completion: 2001

Haveneiland East and West in Amsterdam

NL - 1087 Amsterdam: Haveneiland is the eastern and western part of the newest district "IJburg" in the east of Amsterdam. It was developed in the course of the Dutch housing development programme "VINEX "*. "Haveneiland", as well as "Steigereiland" and "Rieteilanden", was built on an artificially washed up island. Completion: ~2018

Arcadia Winnenden

Photo: JEA, Tübingen71364 Winnenden: 129 residential units in multi-family houses, chain houses, terraced houses and single-family houses on a conversion site (approx. 3.4 ha) close to the city centre, a former industrial wasteland, the new ecologically sustainable quarter was created. The focal points of the concept are an economical development, a central lake also for rainwater retention, a detailed surface and green concept, as well as a Mediterranean colour concept. Completion: 2011

Hundertwasser House in Vienna

© Photo: Thomas MeierAT - 1030 Vienna: it is the first house built according to the ideas and designs of the painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The house contains 50 apartments, four business premises and a doctor's practice. About 250 trees and bushes were planted on the 16 private and three communal roof terraces and on the roofs. Completion: 1986

Art Nouveau and Wilhelminian Quarter in Bonn

53113 Bonn: Together with the Weststadt, Bonn's Südstadt is considered the largest contiguous (and preserved) Gründerzeit quarter in Germany. Bonn-Bad Godesberg also has a large contiguous Gründerzeit quarter. Due to the mixture of uses, these quarters are regarded as the urban prototype of the "city of short distances". Furthermore, the building density helps to create inexpensive living space and reuse-friendly floor plans often allow the buildings to be used for well over 100 years. Completion: 1914

Schumacher-Quartier: 5000 residential units in timber construction in Tegel

© Fig.: Macina13405 Berlin-Tegel: A climate-neutral urban quarter in timber construction with more than 5,000 apartments is to be built. This will make it the largest timber construction quarter in the world. In addition to the apartments, several schools, daycare centers, sports facilities, shopping opportunities and lots of greenery are also planned for the development area with 48 ha is planned. Strong greening ensures climate-adapted and water-sensitive urban development and also has an impact beyond the neighbourhood. Start of building construction: 2022 Planned completion: 2030

Car-free neighbourhood with 9000 units in Utrecht

Newly built districts with space-efficient mobility offers

NL - 3526 KM Utrecht: A new sustainable urban district is being built on the west side of the Merwedekanal in a central location not far from Utrecht Central Station. The plan is to create a mixed-use district with 6,000 to 9,000 homes for approximately 12,000 residents. The area will become a showcase for healthy and sustainable living with innovative concepts for recycling, energy production, climate adaptation and mobility solutions. Planned completion: by 2024

Green Citadel in Magdeburg by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Photo: Juri Czabanowski, art & architecture historian39104 Magdeburg: Mixed-use residential and commercial building with shops, event rooms, hotel with 42 rooms, theatre, offices, medical practices and a kindergarten. Usable area 11,300 m², 55 apartments, 33-metre high tower, "window right" and "tree obligation". Completion: 2005

8 House by BIG in Copenhagen (DK)

DK - Copenhagen-Örestad South: 475 units as large-format buildings around two courtyards forming an 8. Mix of uses: apartments, terraced houses and commercial use (offices, shops and a café on 10,000 m²) with a total of 62,000 m² of usable space. A special feature is a public access path, whereby one can climb up to the roof. As a result, one does not even have to leave the building ensemble to go jogging. Architect's office: BIG. Completion: 2012

Old foundry, Winterthur

CH - Winterthur: The multi-generation house Giesserei is located in Oberwinterthur, in the city centre Neuhegi directly at the Eulachpark. It has 155 apartments with 1½ to 9 rooms, 11 joker rooms (including 3 guest rooms) and 14 commercial businesses, including a restaurant, a branch of the Winterthur City Library, two art galleries and a music centre. The 8 communal rooms include a large hall for internal and public events, 2 common rooms, 2 wash bars, a music practice room and 3 workshops. The buildings are constructed in ecological timber construction and meet the Minergie-P-Eco standard. With only 0.2 parking spaces per apartment and 480 bicycle stands, the Giesserei is considered a car-free development. Site area: 11 000 m². Completion: 2013

Niewland, Amersfoort

NL - Amersfoort: 4500 apartments for around 15,000 residents. 1 megawatt of solar power integrated into the roofs of the new district. One of the largest sustainable urban development projects in the Netherlands. Completion date: 2002

Lok.West" quarter with power-to-gas technology in Esslingen

In-Entstehung_gr100px_200dpi73728 Esslingen Neue Weststadt: A "showcase quarter" with 600 apartments, office and commercial space as well as a new building for the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is being built on 12 hectares. The total investment volume is around 190 million euros. 30 percent of the quarter's use is intended for commercial purposes. Construction of individual building blocks already started in 2016 and will continue until around 2022. Planned completion: 2022

"Stad van de Zon", Heerhugowaard

NL - Heerhugowaard: With 2,900 apartments on 123 ha of building land, the settlement is the largest sustainable settlement in the world. The total area with park and water areas covers 177 ha. The photovoltaic system on the roofs has a capacity of 3.75 MW. Another PV system with 1.25 MW, as well as three wind turbines on the site are the active components of the CO2-neutral energy supply. Car-free zone. Planning: Ashok Bhalotra of urban design bureau KuiperCompagnons, Rotterdam. Partner of the European Sun Cities project. Completion: 2016

Johannis Gardens Berlin-Johannisthal

12487 Berlin: HOWOGE is building 314 apartments, a large daycare facility for children and a neighbourhood garage on a 2.6-hectare site on Straße am Flugplatz. 156 apartments will be rented out as subsidized housing in accordance with the cooperation agreement with the state of Berlin; the remaining units will cost less than 10 euros per square meter on average. After completion, 50 percent of the apartments will be subject to occupancy restrictions, costing 6.50 euros per square meter cold, and will be sold to prospective tenants with a certificate of entitlement to housing. Planned completion (as of 12/2020): Spring 2021

Hesse's largest residential PV plant

60326 Frankfurt: Mainova has built a photovoltaic (PV) plant with a total output of around 1,500 kilowatts peak (kWp) in Frankfurt's Friedrich Ebert housing estate. This means that Germany's largest housing estate photovoltaic plant will be fully connected to the grid at the beginning of 2019. The locally generated, climate-friendly solar power from their own roofs can be used directly by the tenants on site.

GWL-Terrein Amsterdam-Westerpark

NL - Amsterdam-Westerpark: with 600 apartments for 1400 inhabitants on 6 hectares, the GWL-Terrein is the largest contiguous car-free housing estate in Europe. Number of parking spaces: 0.2. Completion: 1998

WerkBundCity Berlin

12627 Berlin: (not realized). 33 architectural firms from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, among others, presented the design of WerkBundStadt Berlin. The plan was to build 1,100 new apartments in 38 buildings on 2.8 hectares of land. A critique of it in the deutsche bauzeitung (db) recalls the historical heritage in which the project stands: "It is laudable that the Deutscher Werkbund is speaking out with a contribution. After all, it is precisely the Werkbund housing estates from Stuttgart to Breslau, Prague, Vienna and Zurich that stand for the experimental living worlds of modernism.

Stegerwaldsiedlung, Cologne

Photo: EnergyAgency.NRW51063 Cologne-Mülheim: The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has named the Stegerwaldsiedlung in the Cologne district of Mülheim as the 87th climate protection estate. With 968 kWp, it has the largest roof-integrated PV system on a housing estate in NRW and the third largest in Germany. 689 residential units of the Cologne housing estate from the 1950s were refurbished for energy efficiency and the energy generation systems were renewed. Completion: 2019

Addition to Nordstadt Karlsruhe

Photo: Bernhard Mangold-Merkel. Oct. 2016

76149 Karlsruhe: Conversion of the former U.S. housing estate. 526 units of the total of 1,651 units of this existing housing estate were built as storeys in timber frame construction in the low-energy standard. The additional storeys in timber construction alone are the largest coherent timber housing estate in Europe in the last 40 years. Completion: 2000

Quartier WIR in Berlin Weißensee

Fig.: Deimel Oelschläger Architects

13088 Berlin: In the WIR quarter, a total of around 12,400 sqm of usable space was created with 113 apartments as cooperative rental apartments (BeGeno16) and as condominiums (UTB Projektmanagement GmbH), as well as 9 commercial units and common areas (BeGeno16). Completion: 2020

Building community "Laubendorf

40625 Dusseldorf: The initiative "Wohnen mit Kindern e.V." (Living with Children) is planning its fourth community housing project in the Düsseldorf city area with 23 residential units. The association has already successfully realized a cooperative-oriented project on Otto-Petersen Straße (1995) as well as two condominium projects in Gerresheim, qbus (2013) and wmk3 (2017). The association aims to create attractive and affordable housing for families with children in particular. All projects realized to date have been planned and occupied by residents in different life situations and are thus genuine multigenerational housing projects. In September 2020, the construction group purchased a plot in the Quellenbusch development area in Gerresheim. Planned completion: approx. 2022

7-storey wooden building "c13

c13_110405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg: Family, education and health centre. Usable area: 3,295 sqm (including basement), living area: 2,350 sqm. 7 WEs, other uses: Student housing, therapy and medical practices, painting studio, office space, family centre, restaurant, two event areas and KiTa. Construction costs: 6.5 million euros, architecture: Kaden Klingbeil Architekten. Client: Foundation for Christian Education, Values and Way of Life. Year of construction: 2013

IBA Block 103

10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg: International Building Exhibition Berlin "Block 103". Redevelopment: 1991

Möckernkiez eG Berlin

MoeckernKiez-110965 Berlin: Cooperative for self-managed, social and ecological living eG. In the Möckernkiez model project, 471 residential units were created in 14 residential buildings. They were built according to the passive house standard and ecological building criteria. 0.21 parking spaces per unit. Property size: 30,000 m². It is barrier-free throughout and designed to be free of car traffic at the neighbourhood level. The Möckernkiez is located directly adjacent to the southeastern entrances of the Park am Gleisdreieck. Completion: 2018

Hamburg Hafenstrasse

20359 Hamburg: Renovation of old buildings and ecological everyday design in one of the most famous formerly occupied houses in Europe.

Solar settlement Bramfeld

16brf53722175 Hamburg-Bramfeld: 130 WE, one of the larger solar local heating projects with a 4,000 m3-water storage tank. Completion: 2000

Allmende Wulfsdorf

22926 AhrensburgSite area: 6.4 ha; 15 houses with 1 - 14 flats with high ecological standard (110 flats); 40% of the built-up area used for commercial purposes. Largest residential project with living and working in Schleswig-Holstein. Completion: 2012

Ecological settlement "Pelzerwiese 24" in Pelzerhaken

23730 Pelzerhaken: 14 condominiums, boat moorings, a surfing and sailing school, a shop and a café have been built on the former navy grounds on the Bay of Lübeck. The centrepiece is the more than 70-year-old telecommunications tower, which was completely gutted and converted with its two side wings. Completion: 2007


28201 Bremen: A housing and economic project for women. Women from different generations and life situations live and manage under one roof to increase the quality of their everyday life. Realisation under Feng Shui and Geomancy aspects. Expo 2000 project. Completion: 2001

Model project car-free living Bremen-Hollerland

28357 Bremen-Hollerland: 200 WE (not realised); model photos, well analysed study on the failure of the project. The most important reasons: "too sterile architecture; too expensive although low-cost construction was promised; too far outside the city; that the light rail was not led into the new district; overall poor construction activity; large employer in Bremen went bankrupt. The Hollerland project, however, caused a lot of media hype and is considered a model for many other projects that have been realized in the meantime, such as "Bremen-Grünenstrasse", however, not on the outskirts but in the city center.

"Solarcity" Hanover Kronsberg

30539 Hanover-Kronsberg: Sub-project of the Expo 2000 new housing development. 106 apartments with large solar collectors on the roofs, as well as solar local heating with seasonal storage. It is located in the southeastern part of the district. Completion: 2000

Ecological settlement Bielefeld-Waldquelle

Cooperative building33649 Bielefeld-Quelle: 96 units, architect: Hans-Friedrich Bültmann, special features: all buildings are equipped with composting toilets and the highest composting toilet in Europe is located on the 5th floor. Further water measures: rainwater infiltration, own drinking water source; a reed sewage treatment plant was planned but could not be realised. Energy: BHKW, local heating network, internal cable TV, telephone distribution. Social: KiTa, craftsmen's yard, cooperative project. Economy: Development as a large plot, low-cost construction with partly much own work. Construction time: 1997

Documenta Urbana, Kassel-Dönche

134134 Kassel: 137 units; various architects including Baufrrösche, Roland Rainer, Otto Steidle. Construction: 1980- 82. There has only been one building exhibition "documenta urbana", which was created in the context of the "documenta 7" in 1982.

Living with children - wmk3

wmk3-logo40625 Düsseldorf-Gerresheim: the wmk assembly3 is located on the "Am Quellenbusch" site in the Düsseldorf district of Gerresheim. In the entire construction area, 800 residential units will be built. The completion of the 30 wmk3 apartments was in 2017.