The existing structure is part of a homogeneous urban space in the eastern part of the city of Stuttgart. Grown three- and four-storey buildings accompany street spaces of the Gründerzeit in partly open construction and thus convey a characteristic impression of the place. The later interspersed row buildings of the post-war development also fit in with this urban idea. However, the design perimeter differs significantly from this in its current state. It describes a kind of amalgam of three city blocks and lacks a defined idea of an inner space of the structure.
NEW URBAN SPACE
The aim of the design is to round off the fragments described above and to create an urban spatial interaction that gives rise to a clear, lively market place that fits naturally into the existing neighbourhood, links existing levels of the city and creates a lively and well-designed place to live, play, read, eat, work and grow old. In the process, a new development continues the existing alley and thus shapes the first, north-western access space from Ostendstraße via Jakob-Holzinger Gasse. Both the building-by-building arrangement of the alley and the resulting contouring of the façade towards the new market continue the existing alley methodology. The four- to six-storey buildings mediate between the existing houses in the alley and, with the new clinker facade, show an understanding for the existing materiality. At the same time, the new buildings form an appropriate façade to the southern market square.
The new market square is an important new reference space for the surrounding neighbourhood. At the same time, it also serves to link existing neighbourhoods in the Ostend quarter and thus also demands corresponding barrier-free accesses to the existing urban spaces. These will be designed as places with large trees. The central area of the market, which is not built under, allows for the planting of numerous large trees with a direct earth connection. A possible redevelopment of TG does not endanger the permanent preservation of these trees. As sun protection and to realise high evaporation, this measure optimises the microclimate of the place and creates pleasant conditions for residents, guests and market people. Here, children also play under the trees and take advantage of the space in the city. In this way, the market square complements the open space on the roof of the library and the western residential development.