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Rathaus Terraces: Mixed-Use Development for Medieval German City
Weilburg, a medieval city not too far from Frankfurt, has announced plans to demolish a parking structure on the edge of its dense core and replace it with a mixed-use development with retail, residential and park space. Recently they revealed this beautiful proposal from ACME, which won the all-important public vote and second place from the professional jury. Inspired by the nearby Baroque terraced-landscape design of the Weilburg Castle Gardens, the Rathaus Terraces will feature green roofs, as well as natural ventilation and daylighting.
Located outside of the city center on a hillside above a ravine, the Rathaus Terraces form a sloping and terraced vegetated landscape meant to integrate with the surrounding hills. The 19,200 square meter project will contain large format retail oriented towards the city center to attract passerbys. Residences, and apartments will be dispersed throughout the development and additional parking spaces will be created. New pedestrian paths will criss-cross around the development and connect to the city center and public parks with views towards the city and surrounding landscape will serve as an important amenity to residents and visitors.
The architecture of the development is characterized by horizontal layers that morph and change into new forms, much like the natural topography. These “fins” of natural stone allow daylight to filter in, act as shade and rain screens, and encourage natural ventilation. All the new structures are topped with green roof public parks, which aid in the protection and insulation of the structures and simultaneously help with water infiltration.
The Rathaus Terraces look like an exciting new development and a welcome replacement for the former parking garage. Not only will the development provide more residential and open space so close to the dense urban medieval city, but will also have amazing views.
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