Result Announced- “Winnenden productive urban neighbourhood”

Result Announced- “Winnenden productive urban neighbourhood”



Architects JOTT architecture and urbanism from Frankfurt am Main have won the open urban planning competition by Winnenden municipal authorities and International Bauausstellung 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart (IBA’27). The design for a productive and liveable urban neighbourhood for the future mixes areas for industry, business, housing and leisure in new high-density urban building blocks that are embedded in generous shared open spaces. Jury chairperson Prof. Tim Rieniets has praised the design as “a truly pioneering project and an asset for Winnenden and the Stuttgart Region”. IBA’27 Artistic Director Andreas Hofer describes the project as a “milestone for the IBA” that marries housing with manufacturing and the landscape in an urban space. Lord Mayor Hartmut Holzwarth has spoken of a “stroke of luck for Winnenden”, which could become a “real model for other productive urban neighbourhoods far and wide”.

Industrial halls, an artisans’ courtyard and workshops, a building for start-ups, traditional offices and co-working spaces, laboratories and studios, a childcare facility and a mobility centre, a farm shop, a café and maybe a seasonal wine tavern. On top, roof gardens and greenhouses as well as lots of different types of housing with views of the surrounding countryside. All of this in seven mixed-use, high density blocks with inner courtyards that are a hive of urban activity. Outside of these ‘productive clusters’ where people work and live are generous open spaces. These spaces run through the entire neighbourhood, where they connect the blocks and act as a shared space or ‘commons’, for example as meadow orchards or playing fields. A vibrant and welcoming main axis is punctuated by several small squares and community facilities, where pedestrians and cyclists have right of way. Cars can be parked in two neighbourhood car parks on the fringes. A market square forms the inviting entrance in the direction of the city centre and the train station.

This is the image created by the design by Prof. Dr. Janna Hohn and Josh Yates from JOTT architecture and urbanism (Frankfurt am Main) for “Winnenden productive urban neighbourhood”. The new urban quarter is to be built on an area of roughly 5.5 hectares between Winnenden train station and the B 14 national road. Last Wednesday, the jury selected the entry by JOTT architecture and urbanism from a total of 34 entries, unanimously awarding it first prize in the competition.

The open urban planning competition was organised by Winnenden municipal authorities together with Internationale Bauausstellung 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart (IBA’27). The offices taking part in the competition were tasked with demonstrating how industry, housing and leisure facilities could complement each other in a resource-saving and liveable neighbourhood of the future on a site currently used for agriculture. Second prize went to ROSA Architekten from Berlin, while the jury awarded the third place to an entry by studio komaba, Nora Walter and Zora Syren (Munich/Zurich). Winnenden urban neighbourhood is one of currently 14 official IBA’27 Projects in the Stuttgart Region.

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Große Kreisstadt Winnenden

Große Kreisstadt Winnenden – The term ‘Große Kreisstadt’ refers to a major district town under German municipal law – is the o0ldest town in the Rems-Murr district and has around 28,000 residents. It is located approximately 25 km north-east of the state capital Stuttgart. The core town and its seven districts are nestled between vineyards, meadow orchards and the edges of the Schwäbischer Wald forest. The medieval character of the town centre is still well preserved. Transport links to Stuttgart are excellent thanks to the B14 national road and the train station, which serves as a stop for regional trains and suburban rail. Winnenden is a growing location for business with a dense network of SMEs that are often family-run businesses. One example is Kärcher, a company steeped in tradition with international operations.


What will our lives, homes and work be like in the future? One hundred years after the opening of the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart in 1927, this is the question to be addressed by the International Building Exhibition 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart (IBA’27). The IBA aims to provide examples to make this journey into the future visible and tangible – through innovative building projects across the entire region. IBA’27 puts people at the heart of the project, using dialogue to come up with new answers to the question of how to accomplish the social, technological and ecological transition successfully. It is managed by IBA’27 StadtRegion Stuttgart GmbH under the leadership of Artistic Director Andreas Hofer and CFO Karin Lang.


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