Mercatorviertel

Duisburg

The brief of the competition was for a new master plan of a central plot in Duisburg’s old town which is currently used as a school area. The foundation for the brief was a master plan based on a design of Foster + Partners.
The master plan sub divides the area in four quarters following the size and location of former road and path connections. While the master plan is based on the historical background, the architecture is contemporary.

The western quarter - reserved for retail usage – is more defined by a horizontal grid, while the other three quarters (housing) are arranged more vertically. Flat roof cubical buildings with a clear calm structure and arcades are proposed for the edge blocks of the plot. The arcades are cantilevered to integrate potential historical buildings of value. The inner buildings of town houses have steep gable roofs. These roofs offer space for galleries and represent a modern interpretation of the historical town silhouette.

Place Duisburg
Project Master planning
Client Stadt Duisburg
Design Gewers Pudewill
Size approx. 50,000 sqm
Completion 2017
Competition 1. Prize 2011
Team Project Manager Design: Jim Bath, Project Manager Master planning: Janina Cornelius