On the southern bank of the River Rhine in Ludwigshafen, the town development concept envisages an urban quarter with 1,000 apartments and up to 3,500 jobs. High-quality, modern building architecture and an open space concept consisting of promenades, squares and private gardens are to provide a maritime flair and a breath of fresh air along the Rhine Promenade. The ensemble of buildings designed by Eike Becker_Architekten forms the impressive entrance to the new quarter. The BEAUFORT is a pointed, eight-storey solitary building that lies in the harbour sculpturally and majestically like a cruise ship. It is complemented by the HEIMATUFER, which consists of a six-storey building block and a five-storey point building. The façades are divided vertically by screens, offset against each other. Large-format window fronts alternate with the metal-clad façade to form the horizontal structure. This creates a flowing effect that reflects the current of the River Rhine. The Rhine Promenade will be turned into a mooring place for the residents and visitors of the new quarter, where green areas invite people to exercise and meet, restaurants and shops to stroll and terraces to relax.
Densification close to the bank
Whereas the development of waterfront quarters was considered difficult and expensive just a few years ago due to the risk of flooding, rising groundwater levels, muddy subsoil and permanent moisture, new building materials, moisture barriers in masonry and stilts made of concrete and steel have now made living near the banks in vogue. Whether the Hafencity in Hamburg, the Rummelsburger Bucht in Berlin or the Westhafen in Frankfurt – the most prestigious development projects of recent years are almost without exception to be found at waterfront locations. According to a recent study by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, two thirds of all cities are actively promoting waterfront neighbourhood development. 86 percent rate the significance for urban development as "very high" or "high".