Wohnbebauung Funkenwiese, Kempten

Within the Kemptner Stiftallmey housing estate, the so-called Funkenwiese was kept free of buildings for many years. The task now is to carefully interpret these qualities that have grown out of the site and to develop a new neighbourhood within these defining characteristics. The new Funkenwiese sees itself as a complement to existing structures from different phases of urban growth.

The biotope as a building block of the existing landscape, the existing passageway with its accompanying trees, and the special topography are at the centre of the considerations.

The profiled 5-7 storey point buildings and the 4-storey polygonal rows - similar to rose shoots - interlock with each other and create an open urban space defined by the landscape of the biotope. This can be read as two spatially differentiated situations:
To the north as a contained space that bears a relationship to the settlement space to the east beyond Jerg-Rist Weg. The two elongated structures, which can be read as composite volumes, form a rhythmic transition to the Leutkircher Strasse through the chosen joining and create front zones and addresses, as well as entrance situations to the enclosed space in the west and north.
On the southern part of the site, the slowly rising slope, the row of profiled point houses continues and "accompanies" the tree population of the landscape path towards the street. The steep part of the slope is deliberately kept free and mediates spatially with the existing buildings to the south above the shoulder of the slope.

The connection to the existing paths maintains the permeability of the area and thus strengthens its original character. The clear zoning of the open spaces blends unagitatedly into the new urban setting and complements it with new communal areas and playgrounds in a central location. Access to the stationary traffic is via short routes from Leutkircher Straße, so that the inner space is kept free of traffic. All flats on the ground floor will have generous south- or west-facing open spaces.

Due to the orientation of the forms shown, the houses always create flats oriented on at least two sides, which thus have predominantly south- and southwest-facing rooms.
In each case, the living spaces with the associated open spaces are found at the bend point of the profiling.
These orientations apply both to the point-shaped houses and to the Rosentrieb typology with predominantly through-stretched flats.
Furthermore, the profiling shown refers to the scale of similar projections in the surrounding buildings and thus mediates to them.