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Urban design proposal

The urban design proposal in question illustrates feasible exemplary structures that will be required in the development zone in the future.

The development zone hinges on a mix of predominantly residential units with auxiliary service outlets and central facilities, including commercial sections and defining green areas. The key design element here is the central band composed of public green spaces and social infrastructure. The zones to the north and south of it are earmarked for well-designed residential quarters with car-free courtyards. The central urban band not only links these quarters with one another, but is also connected to the local amenities. The large retail area is conveniently located in the center of the zone, on the corner of Rödelheimer Landstrasse with Birkenweg, meaning that it can also serve the surrounding districts. The closed structure of the apartment building on the eastern edge of the ambit shields the zone from the rail tracks. The concept of residential quarters that are accessed via cul-de-sacs is continued westwards along Rödelheimer Landstrasse, until it culminates in a new road that links Rödelheimer Landstrasse with Morsestrasse. Closed structures extending along Ludwig Landmann Strasse complete the development zone in the west.

The previous objectives for commercial section A in the southwest will essentially be retained, meaning that the existing companies in this zone will be integrated into the planning. Moreover, the existing companies in sections B and C will be included as pre-defined zones in the planning. The thoroughfares on Morsestrasse will be retained and extended; its transport links with Ludwig Landmann Strasse are considered absolutely necessary.

The course of the road with the planned “Birkenweg - An der Dammheide” underpass departs from the old proposal. Now the route extends parallel to the property of the Burka Kosmos commercial business (eastern section B). Most of the planning for the sections south of the rail tracks will be retained, with only slight modifications as a result of changes made to the spatial layout of the underpass.

In a move to enable efficient access to the zone, Kasernenstrasse, which currently extends along the eastern fringe of the development zone, will be shifted west by the width of a single building plot, where it will border the zone’s transport infrastructure.

The intention is to keep building heights uniform in line with the previous urban design proposal. Accordingly, the majority of buildings located on the roads will be five stories high, while those overlooking open spaces and the internal infrastructure will have mostly three and four stories. Only along Ludwig Landmann Strasse do plans envisage taller structures in harmony with the existing high-rise.

Urban design proposal as at July 2013, © Stadtplanungsamt, Kartengrundlage Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt am Main