Climate and timber construction quarter "Ellener Hof

Unveiling of the building sign to mark the start of construction of the Ellener Hof Foundation Village: (from left) Sabine Schöbel, Ellener Hof Foundation Village, Wolfgang Haase, Advisory Board Spokesman in Osterholz, Alexander Künzel, Bremer Heimstiftung, Jens Deutschendorf, State Councillor at the Senator for the Environment, Building and Transport, Anja Stahmann, Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport, Bremen's Mayor Dr. Carsten Sieling and André Vater, Bremer Heimstiftung. Photo: Bremer Heimstiftung, Photographer: M. Rospek

28327 Bremen-Osterholz: It is Bremen's first quarter built entirely in timber construction with around 500 new residential units in various price categories, supplied in a resource-saving way, for people of all generations and nationalities. In close cooperation with the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the Bremer Heimstiftung, as the owner of the site, is therefore not only working on new living space. Social institutions, clubs and cultural institutions are also to enrich the "Ellener Hof Foundation Village" in the future. In addition, the partners are focusing on attractive green spaces. Respectful treatment of the valuable stock of trees, bushes and vegetation on the property is the basis and an integral part of all planning. Construction began in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2025(?).

Address: Am Hallacker 75M

The central motif for the Bremer Heimstiftung as site owner and for the urban design by DeZwarteHond / RMP Landschaftsarchitekten for the Ellener Hof Foundation Village is the urban, networked village as a new building block in the urban landscape of Bremen-Osterholz. Based on this basic idea, a new urban, socio-ecological village will be created on the site of almost 100,000 square meters, which has been little used for many years and sealed off with a high fence. In addition to apartments for students, for the elderly and for numerous social institutions offering special housing needs, about 100 subsidized social housing units will also be built. The Bremer Heimstiftung will realise the new development in the Ellener Hof together with many different interested parties, with the Bremen housing construction companies but also with many private sponsors. The property will remain in the possession of the Heimstiftung. Long-term heritable building rights will be granted for the individual building plots.

With many social facilities, two day care centers, a nursing school of the Bremer Heimstiftung, various other services, medical practices, a café and kiosk run by people with disabilities, or a bicycle repair facility, numerous offers and occasions for life and communication in the neighborhood are created. The existing cultural auditorium is already being used by a cultural association for a wide range of activities.

This wide variety of uses and a large number of sponsors with professional and voluntary commitment form the basic framework for a colourful population of young and old, multicultural and socially mixed. Common meeting points, places to play and for community projects are created in the open spaces, which have a key function for exchange in the neighbourhood.

The Ellener Hof Foundation Village is at the same time a further model quarter for "Climate protection through bicycle traffic"has been applied for. This is intended to create a bicycle-friendly infrastructure in the area, for example through more publicly usable bicycle parking facilities or through a central parcel station, from which the increasingly numerous parcels and packages will be distributed in the neighborhood with cargo bikes. At the same time, the new urban village will be made accessible by a tight network of paths and integrated into the local bicycle routes. This also serves to support sustainable mobility throughout the district.

From autumn 2018, various housing typologies - from terraced houses to five-storey apartment blocks - will be built on around 11 building plots to meet the different housing needs of future residents. The focus - also under the aspect of timber construction and low-cost housing construction - is to be on three-storey buildings, which will be realised with roof shapes that are as individual as possible, characterise the diverse village character and correspond with the existing buildings. The Bremer Heimstiftung will also try to create inexpensive and at the same time environmentally friendly living space with its own new construction projects through modular or serial construction.

For the first socio-ecological new building quarter "Ellener Hof" in Bremen with its planned 500 residential units in timber construction, the average Bremen approach means, for example, a carbon dioxide reduction of around 320 tonnes compared to the conventional way of building. The good ecological balance sheet of the new "Ellener Hof" quarter shows what an active contribution recyclable, renewable and environmentally friendly building materials can make to climate and environmental protection in general.

Design manual for the Ellener Hof Foundation Village of the Bremen Home Foundation
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Project website

- Answer of the Senate to the small question of the parliamentary group of the SPD of 5 February 2019
- PM from 5.2.2018 of the Senator for the Environment, Building and Transport of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen

Last Updated: 10 March 2021

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