What enables you to live in the city centre, yet at the same time look onto private, protected green spaces? A differentiated façade that forms space, is the answer. On the spot where the Dusseldorf provincial jail stood from 1893 to 2012, a new urban quarter with a blend of living and commercial property is to be created on around 5 hectares of land. The competition entry submitted by Michels Architekturbüro for the third of a total of four construction areas envisages a connected residential complex as a block providing surrounding free spaces on all floors placed at the front.
Divided by oriel windows, a three-dimensionally designed, space-forming outer façade is created that extends the living space: with a depth of up to 2.5 metres, this offers attractive free spaces for a variety of uses, as well as sufficient space for individual greenery. The sculptural design of the façade not only ensures a vibrant façade appearance, it also provides an interesting dovetailing of interior and exterior space. Value is added by the high degree of personal space vis-à-vis the neighbours, despite the generous glazing installed in all apartments.