A major transformation of Leipzig city center is set to take over as soon as this year: The Stadtraum Bayerischer Bahnhof project plans to convert large-scale industrial lands into a lively neighbourhood.
The project is located on ±40 hectares of ‘Baulücken’ or undeveloped lots that the Bayerische Bahnhof’s gradual disuse, near the city centre, has led to. After a competition launched in 2011, the City and developers unveiled the area’s final overall Masterplan in early October 2020.
Informally used today as a leisure space, the area is destined to turn into a vibrant neighbourhood attracting no less than 2700 new inhabitants. Driven by sustainable goals, it aims to implement mitigation technics to tackle adverse environmental impacts and a diversity of activities for future residents.
The project divides the area into different districts dedicated to specific uses: it figures various activities from housing to retail, from leisure to culture. The StuBa project will focus on the area 5/6 along the Lößnigerstrasse, where the developers plan a mixed-use neighbourhood.
If the entire Bayerischer Bahnhof Masterplan displays a close combination of single-use zones, which questions their interfaces’ potential to create a new fully intermingled neighbourhood, the Lößniger district (5/6) dedication to a mixed-use area promises an exceptional mix.
How will housing, retails, businesses, cultural activities co-exist in this neighbourhood? How can it spur a lively and socially sustainable community? These questions will conduct our research this semester.
We will particularly take a closer look at the central triangular piazza. The piazza strategically connects the existing neighbourhoods west to east and north to south. It also transitions the city to the new park along the railway line and the bridge that crosses it.