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Old March 8th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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FREIBURG | New eco-friendly City Hall | U/C

The City of Freiburg is planning a new city hall. Of course a new city hall for a community which is ruled by the Green Party should be green, too. So the authorities are requiring that the building must also produce the energy it needs.

Ingenhoven Architects did win the architectural competition. That’s their proposal.


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Part of the project will be a new kindergarten for the staff, and three appartment buildings.

Ingenhoven proposes to produce electricity with rooftop solar cells. For the heating they want to use garbage timber out of the cities timber land in the Black Forest. They want to transform the timber into natural gasoline on a plant, which will be part of the building.

For the cladding of the building they will use glass and timber.

Ingenhoven Architects are also planning the new headquarter of Google Inc. in Palo Alto and a new site for the International Criminal Court in the Haag.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Jesus, it looks like some dented tyres.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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seems amazing! congratulation!
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Old March 10th, 2013, 04:39 PM   #4
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Looks like some random office park, not very urban nor as special as a city hall should look like IMHO. At least it has some landscaping instead of ugly as hell surface parking lots that regular office parks often have.
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Old March 10th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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The city will keep its Renaissance City Hall in the historical center of Freiburg. It will still be the seat of the mayor. And of course people will still marry in the historical mariage room. But all authorities will move together in the new city hall. Today they are spread in different areas of Freiburg.

I agree that the proposal is not very urban. The architect ignores that there is a busy Tram station at the corner Wannerstraße / Fehrenbachallee. The main entrance is not at that corner but in the middle of the complex, where the building forms a little plaza.

There are other proposals, which found a better solution.

At this site there are all proposals of the architectural contest.

I like most the design of Hadi Teherani.



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Old December 21st, 2014, 07:05 PM   #6
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Works for the first building just have started.


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Looks nice! The jagged roof gives it a bit of a mid-century modern style character
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Old February 26th, 2015, 07:26 PM   #8
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Today they started to concrete the base plate.


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Reinforcement steal at some fundaments of the building.


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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:28 PM   #9
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Some updates


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The city installed also two webcams that taxpayer can watch how their money is used.

http://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Lde/206652.html
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So which design was finally chosen? The one from the opening post or another one?
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They built the Ingenhoven design one can see in the opening post.
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What is so 'green' about a few low-rise office buildings scattered in a paved park? Shouldn't they build taller or at least a little more compact to use less ground space? Even with a few solar panels on the roof, the eco_friendly image is pretentious and self righteous as is the mayor and his camarilla from green party.
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Old March 29th, 2015, 06:57 PM   #13
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Where about in the city is it located?
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What is so 'green' about a few low-rise office buildings scattered in a paved park? Shouldn't they build taller or at least a little more compact to use less ground space? Even with a few solar panels on the roof, the eco_friendly image is pretentious and self righteous as is the mayor and his camarilla from green party.
The answer is: nothing.

To built ecological it is not enough to built an energy plus building. To built ecological one needs a concept of city planning and not 10 cm more styrofoam at the cladding. Freiburg doesn't have any concept to built an ecological city with short distances for residents, small outer shells for buildings, efficient use of land etc. They built this city hall at the edge of downtown in a calm area without any noise of main streets. A side perfect for appartments. Right next to the building there are allotment gardens with tram station, schools and stores only a few steps away. On the other hand the city plans a new borough in a flood area at the city limit. The greenest building in the world can't safe the resources the city planners are wasting by not using existing infrastructure in downtown next to extensive greenery.

The title "Green City" in Freiburg doesn't stand for good ideas for a better future. It stands for an ideology which adores styrofoam claddings and subsidized solar cells with zero impact on the carbon footprint of Europe.

Politicians of the Green party are performing ecological behaviour. They don't fight for a better environment.

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Old March 29th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #15
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Hm, I am not a fan of energy efficient buildings, built without sufficient concern for intelligent city planning. But not everything is bad in Freiburg, is it? The PT network seems pretty efficient and the coverage good. And apparently the city is also attractive for cyclists or at least they managed to achieve a substantial modal split for cyclists.
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All projects from the eighties and nineties. With the first green mayor in a German big city they were only building five wind mills on the top of the cities most visible mountain. That's it.
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What about Rieselfeld and Vauban? They are more recent than that, aren't they? Both seemed to include tram expansion as well.
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No. Rieselfeld is a project of the eighties. Vauban dates back in the nineties. The city completely missed to develop a new borough. That's why rents are exploding. There are no plans to make downtown boroughs more dense, to built where there are alotment gardens right now. The city is not ruled but administrated. The mayor has no plan and no vision. He will be remembered by the eyesores he left behind.

But now back to the city hall.
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I was looking it up on Wikipedia. You are right, the project started already in the 1980s. But the first resdiential building wasn't finished before 1996 and the majority of the appartments had been finished only during the last ten years. According to the municipal homepage this project had been finished only by 2012. You are right though, that it's not currently ongoing.

But yeah, back to the city hall. Next post when we'll see some pictures of the finished facade details
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They still need one month until they have finished to concrete the base plate. Then it's getting faster.
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