Special Award at Schinkel Competition
Bauhaus University Weimar, 2009
The 154th Schinkel competition dealt with the revitalisation
of the centre of the shrinking city of Rathenow in Brandenburg,
Germany. With our unconventional and rather radical proposal
Lukas Bartke, Bastian Sevilgen and I won the special award
in the category of urban planning, worth 3000 €.
The task was to design a solid framework for the old core of
Rathenow. The historic city was heavily damaged during World War
II and holds many undefined "in-between-spaces", caused by
5-storey housing blocks added during the sixties. The inner city
has lost its identity and most parts of former flood plain have
Our answer to these problems was a process-like proposal that
could react to shrinking and growth in the future:
De-constructing the Northern half of the old-city-island step by
step and densifying the Southern part allows to experience the
island again. Floodplain is restored up to the city wall, which
forms a new positive space together with the Southern part and
the new residential area: A big park that can use the synergies
of the BUGA 2015 (National Garden Exposition).
Project Team: Lukas Bartke, Oriana Kraemer, Bastian
Competition Initiator: Architekten- und Ingenieur-Verein zu Berlin e.V.