How can one reconnect and densify a site made of heterogenous urban fabric, cut through by a railway and an industrial fringe?
Rather than seeing the railway as something to hide or as the “backside” of the city, we decided to consider it as a potential. In an urban area in densification, such areas represent a free green space that one should consider as a “treasure” for the city.
Identifying these issues made us focus on the industrial belt going through the site, along the railway. This industrial belt passes through East Central Station, Giesing Station and ends with the MVG museum located at the southern end of our site.
Our vision is to enhance and strengthen this industrial strip and create a promenade along the railway that reconnect both sides of the site and ameliorate its accessibility to the city.
Existing industrial activities such as the coffee roastery and filmmaking are kept and integrated to the promenade. The Aschauer Straße along which the new school is built, is freed from delivery traffic by creating a new access to the industrial strip along the railway on a lower level. On top of this new logistic platform, a promenade will be created connecting existing industry with new uses as an acting school and a small theater, but also housing, offices or café (connected to Dallmayr). A green strip is created on the west side of the railway, linking to a new housing program and a conference hall on Chiemgauer Straße / Schwanseestraße.
The new platform and green strip interlace and supplement with each other, providing a new type of urban space to residents, workers and residents: a backside treasure.