Re-hub Wittenberge_health/wellness/food . Europan 12 . Wittenberge


Wittenberge, halfway between Hamburg and Berlin, is a city with a strong naturalistic tourism, due to the presence of the Elbe, its valleys and meadows. The Elbe biosphere, recognized by UNESCO, is among the most beautiful river landscapes of Europe and extends to the historic town of Wittenberge.

The project site is overlooking the river with a longitudinal development, and it is characterized by the presence of historic buildings already converted with public functions and an industrial building complex previously used as warehouses and grain silos.
The site is an interface between the town and its natural surroundings. The project in this area offers the opportunity to open a site previously closed to residents and visitors and to relate it to the city through a series of paths that connect it to the historic center and the shopping center (west side), and to the station and the station museum through Packhofstrasse (north side). The project’s primary goal is to reconnect the project area to the city center through the project of paths and open spaces in which there are existing buildings and new ones. The open space is the true protagonist: it draws a large park for the city connected by pedestrian and cycle paths that pass through it and running along the river.
Inside the park, we are working on the recovery of existing buildings and the construction of new buildings, starting from the respect for the place, from the dialogue with the existing, from the enhancement of urban landscape and riverside, limiting the soil consumption.

RE-HUB Health-wellness and food The city development is oriented toward the needs of all ages, with particular emphasis on families, young people and people living in the city. A great variety of cultural and educational activities, lively retail, catering and service sectors, and well–mainteined public spaces will make the city more attractive to both residents and visitors. Private investments has resulted in numerous other facilities in the buildings, including a riverside café and a restaurant. A hotel with 58 beds, conference rooms and a climbing and diving tower. Starting from the functions in the area and thinking about the vocation of tourism and culture, it was thought that this would became an area dedicated to health, wellness, food, sports and housing for a new way of living in the park.
Experiencing different landscapes and practicing wellness activities outdoor and inside renovated and new building, is a way to have a better life and a stronger relation with the city you live.

The open space, former protagonist of the project, is constructed through the combination of three different landscapes that offer different ways to live in contact with nature and at the same time be in direct relationship with the city: an alternation between built-up areas, green glades and an urban forest. This suggestion comes from the nature of the surrounding landscape that alternates patches of dense vegetation to extensive lawns.
1_The first “metaphorical” level consists of the landscape that can be seen from the river: it is attended by adding a few new buildings that are going to strengthen the system of cross-river views and attracting the type of existing ones.
2_The second level is the riverside promenade which becomes a pedestrian and cycle path that runs along the entire riverfront site, alternating enlargements setbacks or relaxing areas that are home to small docks and relaxation. The riverside promenade is related in a direct manner to the existing store house buildings to be restored and the designed new ones.
3_The third level is made up of a broad green glade, which offers the ability to host different temporary activities or remain free. This is crossed by paths that connect the urban forest to the entrances of the storehouses and the riverside. At the east end of the park towards the city center there is a pavilion bar that marks an entrance to the park. Three other little buildings used for storage, mark the longitudinal path that runs through the area.
4_The fourth level is characterized by the features of a dense forest on a plot of clay, which acts as a filter and a permeable boundary between Bad-Wilsnackerstrasse, the city and the park. Within the forest there are small pavilions that can accommodate different functions (bar, newsagent, bike storage, playground for children, chairs, bowls, wi-fi). The forest is interrupted by the square of access to the park, at the intersection between Bad-Wilsnackerstrasse and Packhofstrasse. Here is also a small info-point to inform people about the activities taking place in the buildings of the park. By making the riverbank more accessible and increasing its function as a gateway to the transnational Biosphere Reserve, by the project of different open spaces and buildings inside the area, the project helps the city to further develop its identity on the continuum between cityscape and rural nature.

TIME LINE Trying to identify the priority areas for development, thinking that the proposal can be realized incrementally: 1_the riverside promenade, most important link between the park area and the old town 2_the level of the garden park to accommodate spaces for temporary activities such as team games, concerts, small pavilions for exhibitions, facilities for outdoor activities 3_ the park characterized by a forest of trees and the activities that take place there 4_renovation of grain silos and extensions 5_new buildings that integrate existing ones.

THE STOREHOUSES COMPLEX AND NEW BUILDING The derelict grain silos are standing directly on the river banks. These are Landmarks characterizing the long river, together with other buildings and infrastructure along the Elbe. The project was inspired by the theme of the existing landmarks, recovering the storehouses and adding four new buildings along the river which are used to define the masterplan, together with the adjacent historic buildings. The storehouses reuse project fits in with the planned development context of culture, leisure time, tourism, residential units and appropriate commercial undertakings. This is processed in compliance with the architectural language of the existing buildings and only adding the volumes of vertical distribution.

Design architects : OPERASTUDIO
arch. Camillo Magni, arch. Lucia Paci
Associate Architect : Francesco Nobili, Andrea Zecchetti

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