Entry Title: " Ecological City Arkardien Winnenden"
Strenger Bauen und Wohnen GmbH, Atelier Dreiseitl, Eble Architektur
, Germany
Category: Professional, Build
Designer(s): Atelier Dreiseitl GmbH

Entry Description:

A fresh vision for ecological city design

Dont be put off by the cuteness! Arkadien Winnenden is a hardcore industrial regeneration project. A diversity of high performance components make this the worlds most sustainable neighbourhood and provides a fresh new vision for people-friendly and resource productive cities.

A smart location: Winnenden is an economically depressed, non-descript town forever cowering in Stuttgarts shadow. However, the Arkadien site is a convenient 5 minutes walk to both the local town center and to the train station, putting Stuttgart within reach 30 minutes door to door. There are nine schools within 10 minutes walk, and a new hospital is being built 1 km away. An innovative onsite recycling technology was developed to treat heavily contaminated soils on site, the rescued material then being used for construction of the sub-grade. The tight urban layout maximises site-occupancy while also forming the framework for the charming village-like streetscapes.

A healthy community: The use of non-toxic, environmentally friendly materials stretches from the use of mineral stuccos, non-toxic paints within and with out, and the structural use of native timber. Outdoors, recycled German granite sets are tastefully mixed with less expensive permeable concrete pavers and asphalt; the planting concept focuses on locally native species which support birds and bees.

Energy efficiency: The variety of home types are kWh 85 with energy being provided by a local combined-heat and power plant and photovoltaic feed-in.
Thanks to the use of permeable pavers and the innovative use of structural bearing soil substrate for garden-like parking spaces, impermeable surfaces have been reduced from 95% to 30%. The central lake is a spacious natural oasis at the heart of the neighbourhood. It doubles as a rainwater detention basin, capturing and filtering the water in stepped system, before overflowing to a flood meadow and slow releasing to the adjacent ecologically restored stream.

Social Regeneration: The creation of beautiful and people-friendly environment was considered by the design team as the best way to foster social stability. The warm friendly environment encourages a relaxed, almost holiday-like community feeling and informal spaces to meet your neighbour while providing every individual home with privacy. The developer maintains the site, and offers a range of services for both home-owners to rental parties, from housekeeping and maintenance to rental administration and assisted-living for the physically-challenged or aged. A neighbourhood steering committee has been formed.

Winnenden is small piece of neighbourly paradise in a tough suburban city. The project has given new direction to an economically depressed local community touched by the tragedy of a school shooting in 2009. It is a financially feasible vision for putting sustainable urban development into wide-scale practice.

About the Company:

Atelier Dreiseitl is the worlds
most sustainable landscape architecture
practice. We are a multidisciplinar y
team specialize d i n th e synthesi s of
landscape architecture, art & urban
design, environmental technology
and urban hydrology. 30 years of
experience has created a portfolio of
outstanding projects with high aesthetic
and cultural value.
The scope of the practices work
includes water sensitiv e urba n design,
streetscapes, masterplans, parks and
plazas, and down to the applied scale
of swales, biotopes and
building-integrated rainwater recycling
A total of 80 multinational staff are
based in four offices, the head office
in Ueberlingen, Germany being supported
by offices in Singapore, Beijing,
and Portland, USA. Many innovative
projects have been successfully
carried out throughout the world in
Europe, North America, the Middle
East and Asia.
Key projects include:
Singapore Central Watershed Urban
Masterplan and its related Water
Sensitive Urban Design Guidelines as
well as the 3km Kallang River
restoration within the newly designed 60
ha Bishan Park The creation
of an urban waterfront at the Potsdamer
Platz in the heart of Berlin with
building integrated rainwater recycling
systems Masterplan and ongoing
construction of a new sustainable
city quarter called Telecom Park in
Taipei The transformation of an
industrial railyard in Portland, Oregon
into a vibrant award-winning urban
park The artistic , natura l cooling
system at the Paragon McLaren
Headquarters in London Design
of a
resource productive new town in
Pfaffenhofen, Germany.

Answers to a challenging future:
Global climate change, urbanisation, and


* 2011 Green Awards - 1st Place Winner - Build Category