10-11-15 // UP, AROUND, AND ACROSS
With its sculptural form the new bridge will not only intertwine the city with the Garden Festival, but also mark the entrance of the city
The planned roundabout offers the possibility of carrying out further construction work: a pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing the square and a parking garage below the square. To further upgrade the area, we also propose a so-called “Rheinforum”, an open-air theater, a café, a ticket office, city balconies and an improved network of pedestrian and bicycle routes.
With its sculptural form the new bridge will not only intertwine the city with the Garden Festival, but also mark the entrance of the city. While crossing the bridge a 360 ° panoramic view of the city and its surroundings will be made possible for the visitors. In order to announce information, the bridge can function additionally as a media wall.
We think that the quality of the green area of the site can be improved more effectively with an open-air theatre and better pedestrian and bicycle paths than with a car park. A parking garage would, for example, create further barriers and limit views. This is why we propose a 3-storey car park, for 220 parking spaces, next to the site and directly under the roundabout.
The planned roundabout offers the possibility of carrying out further construction work: a pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing the square and a parking garage below the square
Bicycle and pedestrian paths
With the new bridge a barrier-free connection between the city and the Garden Festival as well as the existing bicycle and footpath network will be realized. To avoid new barriers the two exits of the bridge will be located at the edge of the site and the green spaces. The two stairs, the one in the south with a lift that is suitable for bikes, will allow a shorter crossing of the bridge.
An important part of our new urban development plan is an open-air theatre for music, theatre, film, or performances. In this theatre the opening ceremony of the Garden Festival, or classical concerts could take place transforming the entire surrounding green space, together with the “city balconies” and benches, into a large auditorium.
View of the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge from the highway, in the evening
We propose a 3-storey car park, for 220 parking spaces, directly under the roundabout
Site plan displaying next to the new bridge a so-called “Rheinforum” on top of the hill, an open-air theatre, a cafe and box office, city balconies, and an improved network of pedestrian and bicycle paths
View from the North-West with the entrance into the city centre in the background
An important part of our new urban development plan is an open-air theatre for music, theatre, film performances, and the opening ceremony of the Garden Festival
Title: Up, Around, and Across
Project: Master Plan with pedestrian/bicycle bridge and parking garage
Date: November 2015
Type: Open two-stage design competition
Organizer: STEG Urban Development Ltd.
Location: Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
Site: Areal Kronenrain
Programme: Pedestrian/bicycle bridge and parking garage
Team: Bernd Upmeyer, Caroline Klein, Katerina Petrocheilou