After the analysis of the area of the crematorium, a particular site stood out. A completely abandoned industrial area with industrial hangars and brick buildings. There’s no information about the former use of the industrial hangars, but the brick buildings have been formerly used as a firefighter station and more recently as an elementary school for the city. Last year the whole site was a home for refugees offered by the Red Cross.
No information about soil pollution for this area is available, so for I assume that it is no restriction for the future use of the site.
With the information obtained by the analysis of the circular economy setup and it’s organigram, the different functions plus the additional social functions can be distributed on the site. According to its function and the type of the building present on the site, a classification naturally happened. Now we find on the right in the industrial hangars all of the heavy duty functions like the sorting, repairing, extraction,.. towards the river we have the social functions like a new place for the scouts of the area and housing, near the principal access we find now all the social interactions like the second hand shop and the repair café and canteen. A public space in the middle of the site links all the 3 poles together.
If this is the initial state…
So far, new larger path along the site replaces the narrow path that accesses the bike path. All the industrial barns are conserved and refurbished to adapt to their new functions. The main focus will be the design of the façade that will help create a link with the public visiting the site. New accesses for the trucks are redrawn. Most of the vegetation stays as there is enough space.
The building that is being used to store a large fuel tank will be used as a future network heating central for the whole site. The one-story building with an industrial caracter will be refurbished in a new base for the local scouts. The same place can be used as an event avenue.
On the left of this scheme, the housing part of the site, aims to be some experimental housing where the new residents share gardens and garden tools. The gardens surround the houses and create a natural barrier to the public part of the site. One of the industrial hangars is replaced by a new row-house to create a nicer space.
The elongated building with the numerous windows and porches has a great potential for a second hand store with a drive in. People can drive into the site (one-way), pick up their new e-device and drive back home.
The link between the main street and the central public place becomes the spare parts store with the public street mingling in between. Some of the existant infrastructures can be kept, thus adapted to their new uses with larger windows.
More details will be added in the next steps …
Especially the Repair Café and the Canteen should become the main attraction point of the whole site. They will become a rotation point of the public space and interact with the other facilities, especially the repair hub.
Main view of the current state of progress.
I plan on adding more details to the refurbishment of the existant buildings, as well as drawing detailed sections and facades. The public space should given more attention and a better design that dialogs more with the surrounding facilities.