Pickard Chilton to plan, design urban development in Stuttgart, Germany

Pickard Chilton to master plan, design urban development in Stuttgart, Germany.
The development will include a hotel/boarding-house and a publicly-accessible ground level activated by café's, restaurants and amenity spaces. Photo credit: Pickard Chilton

Connecticut-based architecture studio Pickard Chilton was selected by real estate firm Hines to master-plan and design an urban development at Plieninger Straße 140 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The project encompasses a 125,000 square meters (1.4 million square feet) of urban development that maximizes landscape open space while integrating itself into the area's broader urban context. The development will include a hotel/boarding-house and a publicly accessible ground level activated by cafés, restaurants and amenity spaces.

The project's concept has been dubbed "Die Fuge" ("The Seam") and focuses on the creation of new, innovative office space as well as an extensive public space located at the center of the master plan. Die Fuge's curving form throughout the rest of the urban development will concentrate buildings to the east and west of the site. The design responds to the site's topography, giving way to a series of green roof terraces with integrated photovoltaic panels, keeping sustainability at the core of the project.

Die Fuge's "open office campus" encompasses flexible and modular H-shaped office buildings that will create exterior courtyards for drop-offs and access to bicycle storage and amenities.

The project is being developed by international real estate company Hines, in collaboration with Pickard Chilton, ARP Architektenpartnerschaft and Glück Landschaftsarchitektur.