MVRDV selected to design mixed-use project in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 28 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Dutch architecture and urban design company MVRDV has been selected to design a 65,000m² mixed-use complex that will redevelop a post-industrial site in Kiel, Germany.

The development, called ‘KoolKiel’, includes a hotel, offices, residences, commercial space and an event space.

The company will use a flexible design system instead of a fixed and unchangeable plan, allowing the design to adapt to the needs and desires of the community as the design development progresses.

The former industrial area in Kiel, located near the southernmost tip of the Kiel Fjord where the ‘KoolKiel’ development has been planned, is currently occupied by a single-storey building, which was originally used for storing chains for ships.

From the early 1980s, the location has been used to print Germany’s Werner comics. The building is currently known as W8 Medienzentrum, where several companies work mostly in media and the creative industries.

Under the proposal, the existing structure of the W8 Medienzentrum is expected to be retained as commercial units, topping it with apartments.

Adjacent to W8 Medienzentrum, a new building has been proposed with a zig-zagging plinth containing offices and shops, topped by cubic blocks of housing, and a small tower of office spaces.

At the end of the site, a 250-room hotel tower connects to the plinth through a public event space, which will be used to host exhibitions and events organised by the community.

Key components of the project include a courtyard between the buildings filled with a variety of street furniture for the residents, and a rooftop park around the three cubic blocks of housing.

The eye-catching element of the building will be the façade panels, made from fibre reinforced concrete, in front of the window, which will display icons inspired by the creative output of the locals.

However, the design proposal includes opportunities for community input.

The flexible design system includes options to change the size and number of cantilevers on the hotel tower, to change how much of the building is covered by pictographic panels, as well as to alter the size, number and layout of apartments placed above the existing W8 building.

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Image: KoolKiel mixed-use complex proposed in Kiel, Germany. Photo: Courtesy of MVRDV.

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