Thema: Mix of uses

Sustainable quarters with at least 10% share of non-residential use of floor space is retrieved from the database in this view. These are quarters with a mix of uses in Germany and neighbouring European countries.

Neighbourhoods are small to medium-sized urban areas in a larger city with a largely homogeneous population structure and ideally, from a sustainability perspective, with up to 30% of non-residential uses (commercial, offices, social facilities, leisure and education, etc.). Further guidance on the definition of neighbourhood, city and settlement can be found here: https://siedlungen.eu/definitionen

On this website the quarters can be sorted in a different order by filter queries: http://gemischte.siedlungen.eu


Quartier FRANKLIN in Mannheim

68309 Mannheim: On the former largest barracks site of the US Armed Forces in Germany, the so-called "Benjamin Franklin Village", five largely mixed-use neighbourhoods have been developed since 2012 on an area of 94 ha. Residential buildings for around 9,300 people (4100 units) and around 2,000 jobs are to be built. Furthermore, a park of 50 hectares will be realized. Existing buildings will be used, energetically renovated and modernized in line with the times, but also many new buildings will be constructed. December 2017 the first residents have moved in, in December 2019 already exceeded the 1000 residents. Completion: 2025


we-house.life 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


Creative quarter in timber construction for Munich

80335 Munich: on the site of the former Luitpold barracks and adjacent areas, a total of around 900 apartments and spaces for 770 workplaces are to be built in a new mixed-use urban quarter. According to a decision on 20.5.2020 in the planning committee of the city of Münchner, 370 residential units are to be built in the "creative field", a part of the creative quarter, in timber construction. The urban quarter between Dachauer-, Loth-, Schwere-Reiter-, Heß- and Infanteriestraße will combine living and working with art, culture and knowledge. Twelve building quarters and a mixed-use area are to be created. Tenders for building cooperatives and developers are to start soon on the "Kreativfeld" (as of 4 June 2020). Completion (1.BA Kreativfeld): ~2024


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


Aegidienhof" social housing project in Lübeck

23552 Lübeck: At the time, the Aegidienhof was the largest social housing project in Schleswig-Holstein. Here, young and old, people without and with disabilities, single people and families, live and work together in a new urban mix. The architectural firm Meyer Steffens Architekten+Stadtplaner BDA carefully renovated and converted twelve different old town houses around a large common courtyard in the complex around the Aegidienhof, which is significant in terms of architectural and cultural history. The result is 65 apartments as well as 9 studios, practices, offices, workshops and a café. Completion (modernization): 2003


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


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


Permaculture settlement "EVA Lanxmeer" in Culemborg

NL - Culemborg: With 240 houses, it is the largest permaculture settlement in Europe and worldwide. It was built with the aim of living there in the most environmentally friendly and self-managed way possible. The founder Marleen Kaptein was convinced from the beginning that people should have the opportunity to shape their environment and take responsibility. Completion: 2009


Overseas island Bremen


28217 Bremen: With the development of the 15-hectare former Kelloggs factory site on the south side of the Europahafen, a new mixed urban quarter is to be created in Bremen in the immediate vicinity of the city centre and directly on the Weser. In addition to a variety of residential options, it will include office and commercial space, schools and daycare centers, recreational facilities and public spaces. Modern ecological mobility and energy concepts and sophisticated architecture determine the image of the quarter. Planned start of construction: 2021, planned completion: ~2031


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


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


icec - International Campus-Eco-City Wünsdorf

15806 Wünsdorf: Concept of an ecological model and future city for the 21st century. Since 2017, a team of pioneers of ecological urban planning around Prof. Dr. Ekhart Hahn has been developing a new Campus Eco-City to be built at the Wünsdorf site near Zossen (approx. 40 km from Berlin). The former "forbidden" town of Wünsdorf with a total area of 600 ha offers ideal conditions for the realisation of this vision, which is to be realised on approx. 100 ha. Completion: ~2030


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.


Climate and timber construction quarter "Ellener Hof


28329 Bremen-Osterholz: At least 500 apartments are planned, which will offer a new home to around 1,000 Bremen residents of all ages and from different social classes and cultures. 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 will also enrich the "Ellener Hof Foundation Village" in the future. In addition, the partners are focusing on attractive green spaces. The 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 on 7.9.2018. Planned completion: 2025(?)


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


Helios site

Cologne-Ehrenfeld: approx. 4 ha area. Within the framework of a cooperative expert procedure, three planning offices developed an urban development plan in autumn 2013 as a basis for the further structural development of the area. The design by Ortner & Ortner from Cologne was selected as the winning design. The citizens wanted housing and culture instead of a shopping mall. The shopping mall was averted. Instead, the partly built-over and used, partly fallow area in the centre of Ehrenfeld is to be developed integratively. In addition to the Helios primary and comprehensive school (Groundbreaking was in Dec. 2019; both schools are expected to open for the school year 2023/2024 completed), a lively mix of housing, culture, commerce and retail is to be realized there. Completion: ~2024


Rosenstein Quarter

In-Entstehung_gr100px_200dpi70191 Stuttgart: the city of Stuttgart assumes 7,500 apartments (for 11,000 inhabitants) and 4,000 jobs (as of 2015) on 85 ha. Start: 2026 at the earliest; completion: ~2032


French Quarter Tübingen

Aerial view-Franz-Viertel-Tuebingen72072 Tübingen: District development in the French Quarter for 2,500 residents. Around 150 businesses with around 700 jobs have been established. Leisure, shopping and service facilities are planned in the quarter itself or are partly available in the immediate vicinity of the quarter. This is a conversion area with former barracks of the French Army; conversion of the massive barracks buildings, which are worth preserving, to multi-storey housing or redensification on vacant, cleared areas. Completion: 2012


Hundertwasser housing estate "Living under the rain tower

hunterwasser-plochingen73207 Plochingen: residential complex designed according to Hundertwasser, green roof, water features, residential courtyard, many tourists. 62 apartments, 16 commercial units, 2,300 sqm area for a shopping market. 1.5 hectares of land. Construction time: 1991-1994


Sustainable model district Vauban

79100 Freiburg-Vauban: extended citizen participation through the Forum Vauban, car-free living, public transport, car sharing, mixed use, solar garage, local heating with CHP units, nature-oriented open space design, building biology and ecological materials. 40% of households live without their own car. The number of parking spaces for the entire quarter is 0.42 PkW/WE. Large-scale completion: 2012


Building group Stadt & Frau Rieselfeld

View_from_the_playground79111 Freiburg-Rieselfeld (Project No. 2): 67 apartments, 3 commercial units. Extensive consideration of gender aspects, barrier-free construction, common use of various rooms, spacious arcades. Mixing: in the first building mainly single mothers, in the second building young families and in the third building a mixed resident structure. Construction: 1996 - 2001