The decision has been made: Winner of the competition chosen
Last Thursday, the nine-member jury of the urban and open space planning competition for the development of the site "Am Alten Güterbahnhof" met. In the end, the panel unanimously selected the design of the team of CKSA Christoph Kohl Stadtplaner Architekten and fugmann-janotta und Partner mbH (both Berlin) as the winner of the procedure by a clear margin. A total of seven teams from the fields of architecture and landscape planning had revised their concepts during the second phase of the competition.
During a digital press conference, Lord Mayor Sören Link, Head of the Planning Department Martin Linne, GEBAG Managing Director Bernd Wortmeyer, Jörg Faltin (Faltin + Sattler, Düsseldorf, responsible for the implementation and moderation of the competition procedure), jury chairman Prof. Johannes Ringel, as well as Prof. Christoph Kohl (CKSA) and Harald Fugmann (fugmann-janotta) as representatives of the winning team presented the results of the competition.
Prof. Johannes Ringel explained the jury's decision: "The design is convincing because of its charismatic idea to lead a generous park to the city center and to design an urban accompaniment as a backbone of structured and differentiated urban building blocks. (...) The simple legibility of the design idea in combination with its creative power succeeds in providing the necessary interconnections in the urban fabric and offers a unique feature for the city of Duisburg compared to other development areas. Specifically, the western spacious open space is a modulated and terraced park that opens up a variety of attractive uses. (...) The integration of the memorial into the park is quiet and appropriately chosen. The promenade along the lake is atmospheric - right down to structural relics from the time of the railroad's development. (...) Overall, the work is convincing due to its overarching approach, which proves to be of high quality and realistic when all planning levels are considered."
Duisburg's Lord Mayor Sören Link was convinced of the appeal of the winning design: "The winning team has delivered a really well thought-out and convincing design. I am convinced that the design by the two Berlin offices is the right choice for a sustainable use of the Am alten Güterbahnhof site."
During their intensive discussions, the jury had taken into account various aspects that were decisive for the selection of the winning design: Among other things, the quality of the planning and architecture, the relationship between open space and urban development, the integration of the memorial to the Love Parade disaster and, of course, economic aspects. Last but not least, the opinions of the people of Duisburg were also taken into account: As part of an online voting process, the citizens of the city had the opportunity to vote for one of the seven designs from the second phase of the competition. In the end, with almost 600 votes cast, a mood emerged that favored in particular the design of the team from CKSA and fugmann-janotta: this design received over 42 percent of all votes cast.
"This shows that architecture and urban planning do not have to take place in an ivory tower," affirms Bernd Wortmeyer, Managing Director of GEBAG. "The excellent result of this competition is clear proof that professional opinions do not necessarily have to differ from those of the committed citizenry - and we can be proud of that! The task now is to further qualify the project in order to create a unique place for Duisburg and a new identity for this area with its eventful history. The people of Duisburg will again be able to participate intensively in this - and I look forward to many exciting discussions, whether digital or analog!"
The selected winning design now forms the basis for further planning for the urban development framework plan. The urban land-use plan process is scheduled to start in the fall after the corresponding decision has been made. GEBAG currently expects the development plan to take legal effect in 2023. The project is expected to be completed in 2032.