Urban Soul is a urban redevelopment plan for the city Bonn in Germany. The design aims at a complete transformation of approximately 10,000 m² of the inner city. The plan foresees an ensemble of three building volumes that generate new street relationships and provide a forward-looking concept of use. The Town Planning Advisory Committee in Bonn voted 7:0 for the plan by Benthem Crouwel Architects.
The project will start with the so-called Lifestyle House, which will be placed opposite the train station and comprises four floors. In the basement, ground floor and the first floor retail and catering facilities will be located. The two upper floors are reserved for dwellings and other uses, such as fitness centres or offices. The second building will house a hotel with about 150 rooms. The third building, the City Office, forms the eastern end of the urban ensemble and combines office and retail space with a public parking garage for cars and bicycles.
The planning of Urban Soul consciously follows the block sizes and building heights of the surrounding city district and blends harmoniously into the existing urban situation. A high urban quality is also promised by the so-called Piazza, which is planned between the proposed hotel, the Lifestyle House and the historic residences of Maximilianstrasse. The idea to create an area where people like to stay is why the plan was called Urban Soul.
With retail, hospitality, dwellings, hotel, offices, health, services and downtown-level parking, the transformation will contribute sustainably to the diversity in the Centre. Important impulses will come also from the station plaza. The brief to the planners demanded reduced traffic, a widening of the road as well as extensive landscaping measures. The station plaza will become a spacious boulevard and thus an attractive entrance to Bonn’s city centre. This is supported by the fact that the access to the underground distribution level will be near the station plaza which leaves room for an attractive open space design with public quality. It will be a completely new entrance to the city.
Projektentwicklung GmbH / Municipality of Bonn
Benthem Crouwel Architects
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