Behnisch Architekten : With the restructuring of the Dorotheen district, a unique urban planning opportunity is being created, which will enhance the side of the buildings overlooking the Sporer and Karlstraße, today perceived to be the rear side.
The design draft that won the competition in 2010 originally conceived of two buildings to be placed on the site of the building used by the Gestapo during the Second World War – the former Hotel Silber. Influenced by a passionate public debate, the new green-red federal state government decided to keep this building, which was to a large extent destroyed during the war and later rebuilt with a different appearance. Hence, the state of Baden Württemberg committed itself to the construction of a monument.
The proposed ensemble, now with a revised design, consists of three blocks that will redefine the surrounding urban context, which over time has grown in size. Due to its design and the materials, it gives Stuttgart city center an important contemporary architectural presence. New elements and building components supplement the existing structure. Embedded in the landscape, the three buildings respond to historical city planning by following historic building footprints. The buildings also reference the contemporary environment. Each building volume mediates between the different proportions of its immediate surroundings.
The roofscape as a “fifth façade” is not only of special importance when viewed from the surrounding hills in Stuttgart, but also helps to give the buildings a unique identity from the pedestrian perspective.
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