The area about five kilometers northeast of the city center is a formerly commercially used site of about 25,000 m². In 2018, the developer acquired this land from a former distillery via the Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA). Demolition works as well as the disassembling of old tracks and technical facilities have already been carried out.
Construction is scheduled to start in 2022, with those apartments, that are publicly funded, ready for occupancy in 2025, followed by further construction phases.
Up to 500 new rental units are to be built, 180 of them will be standardized housing typologies, publicly subsidized.
For the privately funded housing units, a “realization competition with an urban planning ideas section” was held at the end of 2020/beginning of 2021.
In the interest of developing a neighborhood, a childcare facility as well as commercial units, among others, will be constructed - depending on demand. Two adjacent plots to the north and southeast of the site will also be included in the neighborhood development, where additional residential units are to be built.
Transsolar has already been involved in the development of the basic principles of the urban development framework and carried out studies on ventilation, microclimate and energy and also accompanied a subsequent competition. Using simulations on computer models, the engineers made recommendations for improving air movement and solar radiation.
The energy calculations and solution approaches with regard to sustainability and environmental compatibility have shown that it is generally possible to use the area in a climate-neutral way. This means that enough renewable energy can be generated on site to balance the demand for operation. Variants with different strategies for energy supply were outlined as possibilities.