ATP Frankfurt wins 1st prize
Bremen, 10th July 2014– ”Living in the city center”, family-friendly, networked, accessible, environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient and easy to reach – these are some of the maxims of the new city center magnet which ATP Frankfurt has designed for Bremen’s Ansgari district. The design was created for the two-stage invited competition together with the Portuguese developer Sonae Sierra and was awarded first prize.
In the words of Ulf Bambach, ATP’s partner in Frankfurt, “as is the case with so many of our projects, the Ansgaritor competition involved a typology which is almost universally favored in the political discussion surrounding retail projects. The days of building pure consumer temples are virtually over and today’s focus is on mixed districts and building structures. Conceptually, these are extremely exciting programs which fully challenge the integrated design approach.” According to Bambach, getting the right balance between the connection with the urban structure, functional necessity, architectural quality and technical complexity will be the challenge for the future builders of retail real estate and functional buildings, “particularly in connection with the refurbishment of or integration with existing buildings. One only has to think of numerous department stores in Germany. I believe that we are well-placed to meet this challenge and look forward to future commissions.”
The use concept follows the guidelines for the development of the Ansgari district and proposes both a quantitative expansion and a clear qualitative improvement in the retail and restaurant offering in order to invigorate the urban realm. In addition to this, premium office space and childcare facilities are included. Approximately 100 apartments complement the urban use concept and make a clear contribution to improving the attractiveness and dynamism of the district – especially in the evening. “We also comprehensively addressed the sustainability aspects of the project during the competition phase”, explains Bambach. “The urban character and rich mix of uses, the appropriately small scale of the connections with the city, the use of high quality local materials and the integration into the existing urban structure led the jury to award the project first prize. This strong conceptual design was underpinned with technical and functional details and ideas which combined to promise the creation of a sustainable and better defined urban quarter – a quarter designed for the people of the city.”