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BDP wins German design competition for ex-prison site

12 Oct 12 BDP has won the design competition to redevelop a former prison site in Germany.

Its Dutch studio was up against five German practices for the 15ha mixed-use urban redevelopment project.

The Düsseldorf Ulmer Höh site is contained within a city block and incorporates mature trees and historical buildings. BDP said that it will use these qualities to transform the enclave into a lively city neighbourhood.

The existing city block structures are repeated along the site’s perimeter, connecting the new quarter with the city. Inside the perimeter blocks, where the prison complex stood, a green area will be created in what is an otherwise densely built-up area.

Of the huge prison complex, only the chapel building will be retained. It will be converted into a community centre and become a meeting place for the new residential quarter.

The competition jury said that it was impressed with the way the imprint of the prison was incorporated into the design of the public realm, praising its quality and atmosphere.

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