Projekt Kategorie: Featured

Open Mind

[english version in progress] “Wir schaffen gemeinsam ein neues Stück Stadt im Herzen der Aachener Altstadt. Ein Parkhaus blockiert seit Jahrzehnten die Entwicklung der Altstadt. Wir reißen es ab und bauen ein neues Quartier. Die Stadtgesellschaft selbst entwickelt Programm, Städtebau und Investitionsstrategie.” – Studio Schultz Granberg war eingeladen die städtebauliche Strategie für das Szenario Wissen in gemischten Teams mit der Stadtverwaltung und gemeinsam in einer Planungswerkstatt mit der Stadtgesellschaft zu erarbeiten.

Open Mind ist ein Open Place: Ein innerstädtischer Ort des Wissens kann kein geschlossener Campus sein, der akademischen Eliten vorbehalten ist, sondern ein Ort der Offenheit, des Austausches, der Niederschwelligkeit und der gegenseitigen Bereicherung. Mit dem Schwerpunkt „Wissen“ geht es in diesem Szenario um die Konzeption eines urbanen Wissensfundus und darüber hinaus um die Kommunikation von Wissen an alle Interessierte und zufällige Besucher der Innenstadt, die beiläufig in den Bann eines attraktiven Ortes gezogen werden können: Transparenz, Einblicke, einladende Adressen, vitale Präsenz im Stadtraum, Aufenthalt für alle, auch ohne kommerzielle Betätigung.

Mit den Leitthemen Wissen, Wohnen und Wiese wurden in diesem kooperativen Verfahren potenzielle Entwicklungsrichtungen ausgelotet, die der Stadt Aachen als Entscheidungsgrundlage dienten. Im Anschluss an die städtebauliche Werkstatt entschied sich die Politik für die Weiterentwicklung des Gebietes als Wiese – Grünraum für die Innenstadt.

Kooperative Planungswerkstatt

Programm: Offenes Wissensquartier, 5000 qm

Standort: Aachen, DE

Jahr: 2021

Auftraggeberin: Stadt Aachen

Team: Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Daniel Heuermann, Anna Nötzel

Partner: Gaby Hens, Jan Kemper (MitarbeitInnen der Stadt Aachen)



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Werkstatt Fabulous Halemweg


Fabulous Halemweg

The street is a room by agreement… a community room dedicated to the city for common use… its ceiling is the sky.” (Louis Kahn 1959) – The new road Halemweg is a street conceived in this spirit and will form the central spine for a series of communal spaces and public buildings. It connects the U-Bahn and the Jungfernheide public park and serves to integrate the neighbourhoods.

The Halemweg works as a linear artery that connects surrounding areas, joins up the old and the new, creates flexible, multi-use spaces and develops further the modern ideal of a green urban landscape for relaxation while at the same time organising the distribution of open areas. Separation of the various modes of transport is done away with in favour of a shared space. The Halemweg becomes an effective linear sequence for circulation and movement, while also providing high-quality accommodation and places for communal activities. Coming out of the underground station, one cannot but admire the vital green space of the Jungfernheide park on the horizon.

The urban space network is a means of organising public areas, creating important pathways and defining uses. Addresses for both new and existing buildings are formed. The basic elements of the spatial network are three areas with different programming, oriented in a North-South direction. Behind this structural approach lies the fundamental concept of “urban lightness”, which aims to further develop and reinterpret modern urban planning without resorting to the typical Berlin block structure.

Competing Urban Planning Appraisal Procedure, 1st price

Program: Concept for a community center,  7 ha

Location: Charlottenburg-North, Berlin, GER

Year: 2019-2020

Client: City of Berlin

Team: Therese Granberg, Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Anna Beckmann, Daniel Heuermann, Yannick Schulze, Anna Nötzel

Partner: bbz landscape berlin

SSS-Diagramms Halemweg-en




Urban Space Network





Site plan





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Town Hall Lippstadt (DE)


Town Hall

The new city council forms the central anchor point of the area and seeks the closest possible proximity to the railway station and the city. The location in the eastern part of the site not only shortens the distances to the other public buildings, but also offers the opportunity for a new urban quarter favouring pedestrians and cyclists.

The required programme for the entire quarter is being accommodated in three independent building volumes. The city council, the food market with mixed uses and the multi-storey car park for the Trinity Hospital form a coherent ensemble visual from the southern railway.

The space between the buildings offers places to linger, room for pedestrians and cyclists and motorised access. In addition, a public canteen at the main entrance of the city council, which completes the eastern edge of the newly created “Stadthausplatz” is proposed. An important public crossroad, surrounded by the restored museum depot, the new city canteen and the open foyer of the city council, is formed. The square functions as a meeting point, offers space for water games on warm summer days and can be used as a place for public screenings.

Realization competition, 1st prize

Program: City council with surrounding neighbourhood, 7 ha

Location: Lippstadt, DE

Year: 2019

Client: Stadt Lippstadt

Team: Therese Granberg, Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Daniel Heuermann, Anna Beckmann

Partner: Heimspiel Architekten, Planergruppe Oberhausen




rainwater management


pedestrian network




The self-similar formal language of the volumes in the site plan and the shape of the fractional roof landscapes can be read as a continuous theme and promote the unity of the ensemble. The new city council and the food market respond to the existing large-scale buildings in the south and form an emblematic address to the railway embankment. To better correspond with the small-scale character of the old town in the north the buildings are fragmented by projections and recesses in the façade and by the inclined roof landscape.



Oxford Barracks

Valuable building stock from the 1930s offers the potential for conversion into a high quality residential district: A combined strategy featuring adaptation, removal of coverage, demolition, addition and new construction deals with historic strata in a respectful way and forms new ones for a sustainable district and its projected 3000 inhabitants. The slightly sloping topography provides the opportunity for a cascading rainwater harvesting system. As result, the degree of alteration of the natural water balance through development is kept as low as possible

Existing buildings, fragments and traces are the point of origin for the future and sustainable development of the Oxford Barracks. New buildings are sited carefully and set into relation with the existing structures. The existing urban design image is maintained as far as possible, particularly along the main axis in the area of the former drill ground. It offers views towards the sequence of the barracks structures and the clock tower. Partial areas can be protected if necessary to preserve elements of the overall urban design. In other areas additions can take place in a flexible manner in order to meet the requirements of a sustainable and vibrant residential district: the aim is diversity instead of monoculture.

The former main axis of the casern becomes a green boulevard. The existing paving follows the new streetscape and is thus preserved as a historic stratum while becoming a space for public life. Infiltration trenches and kiosks are situated here. The boulevard widens into a “green funnel” uphill and graciously connects to the existing open space and expresses the interweaving of program and space.

Masterplan Conversion + Guidelines Design >>

Programme: approx. 1200 apartments on 27 ha

Sustainability: DGNB Pre-Check ‘Sustainable Urban Development’: Label ‘GOLD P/O Consulting Ingrid Pohl >>

Location: Münster, (GER)

Year: 2014 – 2017

Client: City of Münster

Team: Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Therese Granberg, Jan Bockholt, Martin Dennemark, Tobias Grothues, Phatarapol Jampa

Partners: Kéré Architecture, bbz landschaftsarchitekten berlin, Prof. Mathias Uhl



rainwater management


Oxford Kaserne WSUD

Siteplan and rainwater management (detail)


residential courtyard

central square

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