We won the third prize in the competition for Kiel-Holtenau!

Our design for the EU-wide Kiel-Holtenau competition, which we made together with DFZ Architekten from Hamburg and Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten from Berlin, has been chosen as one of the three best entries by a jury of experts.

The assignment

Holtenau Ost is one of the major urban development areas of Kiel. The former MFG 5 area is 92 hectares, of which 14 hectares are water and 26 hectares are forest, is located at a fjord and has a view on the Baltic Sea. It should become a future-proof and well-connected district where people live, work and recreate. We believe that the existing historic buildings and the natural heritage form the framework for a great new district, which fits into the context in terms of size and structure.

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Our design

We have designed three cores for Holtenau Ost, which are connected by a backbone of slow traffic connections and public spaces in a green landscape. The density of the cores contributes on the one hand to a sense of community and support for facilities and on the other hand to space for the open landscape. We strive for a climate-neutral new city district with a lot of biodiversity, sustainable materials and innovative climate solutions. We put the landscape experience first and have designed a low-car-traffic neighborhood with a focus on slow traffic.

The cores

The three cores have a shared identity but all have different programs and functions. The core on the north side is a business-campus where businesses from different sizes and backgrounds can be located. The spatial concept integrates small, medium and large businesses around a central public space. The core on the waterfront plays with the historical layers of the landscape. It seeks a balance between (natural) heritage and new nature in the midst of an urban density. The core on the south side emphatically seeks a connection with the context of Holtenau. Along the Strandstrasse there are several historic buildings that in our design are given a new function as carriers for public life.

Spatial quality

The natural and cultural heritage that anchors the cores plays an important role in the system of public space that we designed. The green belt around Kiel will be where possible linked to the waterfront and the forest area will be connected to Friedrichsort. The relics of the former airport will be appropriately integrated into the public space. On the one hand, we make use of the grandeur of the landscape, but on the other hand, we bring a human dimension with the new construction of the cores.

Learn more about the competition and check out other entries on the official website:

website Kiel-Holtenau competition