Proud to be selected for the international competition for the Shenzhen Buji River regeneration! Together with MLA+ and local urban planning firm GZUPI, we are going to work on a accessible and vital (waterfront) design for the 9,77km Buji River in Luohu District. The river needs to function as flood controller of the city and perform as a connected urban realm. Great challenge ahead!
Competition Archieven - Felixx
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
Status: won tender; in progress
Team: Cityförster architecture + urban design, felixx landscape architects & planners, R + T engineers Traffic planner, IMG+ visualizers
We look forward to the publication of our project Reinventing Dharavi. A slum-upgrading to rethink the approach towards Mumbai’s largest slum, Dharavi. The competition was organized by the Mumbai Urban Design Research Institute UDRI in 2014. Felixx got an honorable mention for it’s entry ‘The game is on’ – Reinventing Dharavi trough streed-led slum upgrading.
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.
The team of de Architekten Cie. , Felixx, Stec Groep en Syntrus Achmea Real Estate is selected for the second round of the ‘Who Cares’ competition!
Organized by the Dutch Government Architect, the aim of the competition is the development of new solutions for inclusive urban environments, adressing the changing demographics and developments in health care. 4 cities are hosting the competion, we will work on the case of Rotterdam. Results will be presented in autumn, at the Dutch Design Week.
More information: https://www.prijsvraagwhocares.nl/
Great to finally touch ground in Belgium!
Felixx together with Tractebel is one of the selected teams for the masterplan of the Vismarkt in Leuven! Yesterday we kicked off the project with a nice and rainy site visit.
This project is part of the Open Oproep of the Vlaams Bouwmeester
An international urban design competition was held by the City Administration of Chelyabinsk, for the development strategy and masterplan of the historical center. 5 teams were invited to develop a proposal. The team of de Architekten Cie. + Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners was awarded with the 1st prize during the ceremony on 27th of January 2017. The winning plan activates the existing grid structure of the city, turning it into a mechanism for transformation.
Chelyabinsk is one of the medium sized towns in Russia, with a population ranging from 1-1,5 million inhabitants. Many of these cities have similar conditions and challenges: Remote located, heavy industrialized, and an aging population as young and higher educated generations are moving to the federal cities of Moscow and St-Petersburg.
To attract new residents, and shift towards new economies, the historical qualities of Chelyabinsk should be merged with contemporary values of urban life. But sheer developing another plan for the Chelyabinsk as a post-industrial town does not solve the problem: the industry is the reason of existence of the city. Therefore the plan shifts the focus from ‘to be removed industries’, towards ‘the city as a breeding ground for social capital’. The winning proposal invests in the upgrade of the urban environment to generate interest from new generations, attracting people and parties that support a shift towards new economies, targeting a gradual replacement of polluting industries by a variety of functions and activities.
Chelyabinsk already holds the spatial framework to organize this transformation: the grid structure of the historical center. There are plenty of examples showing the ability of the grid to be the base for a qualitative urban realm, structuring the transformation and densification of an existing city.
Chelyabinsk’s existing framework is empowered by 3 strategies:
Grid: Inclusive realm
Streets are the main public realms in the city. Apart from being spaces for car traffic, they serve as linear public spaces. The redevelopment and upgrading of streets allows for the integration of environmental infrastructure, the organization of slow traffic and public transportation.
Blocks: Mixed-use program
The existing blocks in the city leave a lot of empty space yet to be developed. The new masterplan proposes gradual transformation of the existing grid by replacing deteriorated properties and completing building blocks. Residential functions are relocated in the center of the city.
Specific projects are developed, to revitalize certain areas, add special qualities to the city,
or boost development and transformation in direct surroundings. They are strongly related to existing qualities. These projects enable the government to steer in the speed of gradual transformation and the areas where it is happening. The most important project is the redevelopment of the riverfront along the Miass river, redefining the overall identity of Chelyabinsk.
The Dutch design offices Felixx and jvantspijker, together with Orri Steinarsson, have won the international urban design competition in Gufunes, Reykjavik. The task was the strategic redevelopment of a vast coastal area of approximately 140 hectares, at the edge of the city. The winning proposal is committed to transform the area, with striking industrial buildings along the coast and a vast green zone inland, into a haven for urban pioneers. The 1st prize was awarded during a ceremony on Wednesday night (December 7th) by the mayor of Reykjavik. In due course the process to elaborate and implement the project will be developed.
The winning proposal positions the area as an overflow for downtown Reykjavik. Tourism keeps growing, and the city can hardly cope with the increasing pressure on space and program in the center. Gufunes will therefore become an unpolished haven for starters, city pioneers and creative businesses that can no longer be accommodated elsewhere in the city. The vast area is being restructured into a coherent whole. The zone around the existing industrial buildings will be re-densified into a new urban center. The open green area transforms into a multifunctional recreational park for events and large-scale outdoor activities.
The spatial strategy creates the conditions for a phased transformation, able to anticipate on different development speeds. A simple grid structures the industrial area, and a network of paths and roads organize the recreational landscape. The urban and park landscape are linked, and necessary connections with the surrounding urban environment and the shoreline are established. The framework ensures the overall spatial quality and functioning of the area. It both defines the frame and generates the conditions for the re-development of existing and construction of new buildings.
A crucial element is the proposed waterbus service, making Gufunes accessible for commuters and tourists in an environmentally friendly way. The heart of the community is the revitalised pier, where the first phase program is driven by the realisation of the famous Baltasar Kormákur’s film studios in an existing warehouse. Around the pier a wide variety of functions and programs are planned: small businesses, cafes and restaurants, a hotel, residential buildings, leisure and outdoor program. Together these interventions will put Gufunes on the map as a new destination in Reykjavik.
The combination of a new pioneer area and a recreational landscape park add necessary space and non- existing conditions to the city. They enrich the urban ecology: Gufunes as the urban fertilizer for Reykjavik.
The city council of Schiedam has approved the development strategy for the Schie Quarter. The vision has been made by Team Schiedam, a collaboration between the offices Basic City, Felixx and Studio Komma. In the coming years the area around the central Koemarkt square and the Schie canal will transform into a meeting place with living, working and leisure. The strategy is an elaboration of the winning entries from the Europan 12 competition in 2013.
Schiedam has a particular urban configuration with the historical center and the port industry right next to each other. The Schie Quarter, situated at the border of both areas, will connect spatially and functionally to form a new urban entity. The objective of the development strategy is to transform the area into a vivid district around the Schie canal; A new vital and authentic downtown entrance.
The central Koemarkt square will be simplified and connected to the water. The renewed square will become an integral link between the industrial area and the historic center. The adjacent and currently vacant VROM location offers space to a new program in the future that fits both the historic city and the industrial area.
The development strategy proposes an incremental transformation. It is a flexible strategy that steers the spatial, social and economic development potential of the project area. The entire planning area is thereby divided into a number of subprojects. This subdivision makes it possible to develop the entire planning area in several steps with their own pace and priority. This allows the project to respond to the dynamics of contemporary urban development.
To achieve a feasible plan that is being carried by multiple stakeholders, the strategy has been made within an open planning process. It has been a comprehensive cooperation between the municipality, consultants and public, which was conducted in an open dialogue. In the future this cooperation will play a continuous role with the development of the subprojects.Link to 360° movie