Inspired by the vernacular
Social housing client with ambitions for sustainability
The client GWG Tübingen is a social housing organization that provides socially and environmentally responsible housing for large groups in society. On a plot in the district of Derendingen, the client issued a competition for a mixed housing development of 12000m2 – or around 145 units.
The purpose of the competition is to propose an affordable and sustainable development of high quality for which the connection to the existing and in part listed buildings and landscapes is resolved with a unique plan.
The project draws inspiration from the historical village character of the district of Derendingen which is located near central Tübingen and on the outskirts of the Rammert nature reserve.
The location of the plot is Sieben-Höfe Strasse, which literally refers to the 7 farms that the road once connected. Studies of traditional farm typologies for 2, 3 and 4 winged ‘höfe’ informed the new typologies to offer a close connection between the new development and the existing village character.
The competition proposes a new dorf-strasse, a car-free village street connecting the 7 new hof-clusters of the development. Each hof-cluster has a shared courtyard space and additional social spaces connect to the dorf-strasse. Buildings face a new ‘dorf-strasse’ either with a gable or the long side. From the village street is also the entrance to the underground parking facility.
Project name: Sieben-Höfe-Strasse
Category:Co-Housing, Housing, Planning
Client: GWG Tübingen
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Status: Under development
Number of units: 145