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FELIXX + CITYFÖRSTER are winning the competition for Dietenbach, Freiburg

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The team of CITYFÖRSTER Architecture + Urbanism and FELIXX Landscape Architects & Planners, supported by freiwurf LA and R+T Traffic Planning, is selected for the development of Dietenbach, a new urban district of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. This new district – currently one of the biggest urban developments in Germany – is located at the edge of the city center, covering an area of 100ha, supposed to house up to 14.000 inhabitants in 5.500 new dwellings.
Out of 28 high-profile international teams, 4 teams are selected and commissioned to elaborate their plans. The other selected teams are Studio Wessendorf with Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten, K9 Architekten with Latz + Partners, Hosoya Schaefer Architects with Agence Ter.

Freiburg consists out of a collection well-defined districts with a distinct identity. Many of them are surrounded and separated from each other by linear landscape structures, such as the Dreisam River or major infrastructure routes. The proposal of CITYFÖRSTER + FELIXX aims to reverse this principle in Dietenbach. Instead of adding a new independent piece of a city surrounded by green spaces, the landscape structure is pulled right through the heart of the new district. This creates various small, diverse neighborhoods, organized by powerful green corridors. Together with a new tramline and excellent bike and pedestrian routs, the green lifelines connect Dietenbach to the surrounding quarters and the center of Freiburg.

The new urban district should not be understood as a residential settlement at the outskirts of the city, but as an interconnected urban district. Therefore the plan of CITYFÖRSTER + FELIXX builds on an ambitious integrating spatial system, to create a spectacular variety of urban conditions: high and low density areas, mixed use city blocks and landscape related housing areas, vivid mix of housing types and apartment sizes, a miniature river delta, a compacted agriculture corridor, a lush yet monumental boulevard, a collection of distinctive district squares, interconnected slow traffic networks and an integrated school campus providing shared sport- and play facilities. Condensed and superimposed, all these structures create a lively urban district. A diversity of relations between built and outdoor program generate an enormous variety of environments to live, work and recreate. Dietenbach gets very pronounced character, while deliberately integrating itself into the overall urban structure of Freiburg.

Realization competition: Urban design competitor for the new Dietenbach district
Location: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Size: 108 ha, 883.000 m² GFA, 5.500 residential units
Client: City of Freiburg im Breisgau
Services: Masterplan
Status: won tender; in progress
Team: Cityförster architecture + urban design, felixx landscape architects & planners, R + T engineers Traffic planner, IMG+ visualizers

Felixx en Afrique!

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During the next years, 5 new university campuses will be built in Ivory Coast, to decentralize education and improve the accessibility of knowledge. Together with Cabinet ACA and TheWayWeBuild we are working on the new campus in San Pedro. Located within the mountains around the city, the 300 hectares big site is supposed to give room for 20.000 students, turning the existing landscape conditions into strong drivers for spatial quality of the campus. The project is part of ‘le programme de décentralisation des universités’ and commissioned by the federal government, Le Cabinet du Premier Ministre.
We are very excited to start this great adventure!

Public space design guidelines for Food Innovation Strip in Ede-Wageningen approved

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The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen is the Agri-food knowledge centre of the FoodValley Region, where innovation and knowledge exchange are paramount. Municipalities, companies and institutes work together towards improved, more sustainable and safer food production. Last year Felixx developed a book of guidelines to physically embed this concept. The manual has been approved November 8th by both municipalities Ede and Wageningen.

The Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen covers a distance of 11 km and connects Wageningen University & Research with the Bussiness and Science Park Wageningen, the knowledge Campus Ede and the future World Food Center in Ede. Proposals for this identity carrier are the linear arboretum, the custom made tree pots shaped as Erlenmeyer flasks from the lab. The bicycle path along the strip has a recognizable colour and a high tech smart lighting system integrated into the wooden light poles.

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Construction in progress

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It is always nice to visit contruction sites, especially when our own projects get build! Construction in progress of a transformation of a former factory into a mixed-use neighbourhood in Jing’An district in Shanghai. This project is a collaboration with INBO Architects.

S4 Highway in Hangzhou

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Team Felixx + INBO has been selected as 1 of 4 teams to develop the masterplan for the transformation of the S4 Highway in Hangzhou, China!

The S4 highway runs from the Hangzhou Central Business District on the west bank of the Qiantang river to the airport in the east of the city. It connects the historical and the new Xiaoshan district center, the Xiasha high tech park, the conference center where the G20 was held last year, the 2022 Asian Games campus and the airport’s special economic zone.
The aim is to develop this zone into a strong economic backbone as the next step towards the ambition of the city to become an International Metropolis. The planning area is approximately 25km2, including a 500m zone on both sides of the 18km long S4 elevated highway. The kick-off meeting was held yesterday and the deadline for this stage is planned in the second week of October. Implementation is expected to start early 2018.

Book publication ‘BNA Licht Verdicht’

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The results of the research program of BNA Licht Verdicht have been published in a book!

Together with DiederenDirrix,  PH Urbanism, Wijnand Galema and Aronsohn, Felixx was part of the design study to densify Rotterdam, by adding program on top of existing post-war buildings. The municipality of Rotterdam is planning to build more housing in the city center, and since most of the buildings are built after the war, constructions are suitable for adding program on top. Three locations in Rotterdam have been researched by the different teams. Felixx explored the possibilities of the old movie theater Lumière and Maaskant cityflat, owned by Manhave vastgoed.

Our study ‘Varianten van Vooruitgang’ consists of 33 strategies for densifying the existing building block, varying from building on the rooftop, to renovating or partially demolishing the existing and adding high-rise. Depending on the required speed of redevelopment, the size of development and current economic, social, or cultural conditions, a choice can be made between the different strategies. This means there is no ‘final plan’, but rather an approach to develop over time. However, all developments start with three basic principles: an active plinth to create a livable street, celebrate the postwar architecture and integrate the public domain.

Our contribution to the book, called ‘Varianten van Vooruitgang’ can be read in the book which can be ordered here.

Selected for the Open Call: Urban Planning for extremes!

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We are very happy that the team of Felixx – IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – Municipality of Dordrecht is selected for the Open Call: Urban Planning for extremes! The Island of Dordrecht is a proposal for a spatial development strategy for a newly enlivened adaptation landscape, which involves secondary regional water defences being imbued with fresh significance. The selected projects receive a grant to develop the proposals into a project plan by October 2017. Results are expected by November 2018.

All selected projects can be found on the website of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.