Luisa Sophie Wierz

Luisa Sophie Wierz


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What do future housing typologies look like, taking into account increasing population and housing shortage?This project deals with this question, played out on a public site, the Barbarossaplatz, in the Hangeweiher district of Aachen.

Unlike the name suggests, Barbarossaplatz is neither a square nor a place to rest. It is a green space whose only quality is the large seepage area and a beautiful tree population. The quality of this open space does not meet the demands of the location and the potential users. An appropriate concept must be developed that adds qualitative value to the entire neighborhood. Questions about appropriate densification, community life and sustainability must be answered.

A particular focus is the staging of the Heilig Geist Church and the creation of quality housing and valuable public spaces. The design develops on the basis of visual references and building axes of the surrounding existing buildings. One ground-facing building delimits the square, while the second stands up as a counterpart, allowing the square to reach up to the surrounding existing buildings around.
The floor plan allows an interplay of public uses, communal living and individual living. The constant requirements of a self-functioning apartment, consisting of "living, sleeping and washing", are supplemented by permanent uses that serve the community. These constant spaces are extended by multifunctional, playable rooms. These optional rooms can be added to an apartment as well as take on functions desired by the house community on their own.

This whole design answers the question of future housing by using existing structures adapted as necessary. In this case it upgrades a poorly used public space. Generally these spaces are off-limits to residential development, by providing amenities for residents and housing. Taking into account appropriate densification, community living and sustainability, this is an example of resilient urban development.



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