Pockets of greenery appear to split apart the stone facade of this new mixed-use tower planned for Stuttgart, Germany. RKW Architektur+ won a competition to design a residential high-rise at Mailänder Platz that will set itself apart with its planted stone facade and abundance of public space. Robust grapevines will be planted in the stone niches and irrigated with collected rainwater.
Set on a triangular site, the Mailänder Platz tower will comprise residential units, cafes, retail space, a hotel, and a library. The building’s two stacked stone-clad volumes are set atop glazed bases to give the tower a sense of lightness. The glazed walls of the ground floor help break the building down to human scale and add to the building’s pedestrian-friendly design. A cafe with seating marks a lively entrance to the new hotel and library.
The stone-clad facade is punctuated with niches that will be planted with robust grapevines. A window is located behind the niche can be opened for plant maintenance, while lights integrated into the top of the niche illuminate the planters and give the building a distinctive appearance at night. The irrigation system will use rainwater collected from the roofs.