Form follows tradition: the rows of gables of the quartier and the adjacent residential block fit seamlessly into Garmisch’s historical center. The entire ensemble proves that sustainable construction, modern spatial organization, and respect for cultural heritage are not incompatible.
The residential quarter “Altes Garmisch, neu gelebt”
- Project supervisor
- VEHBL Baugemeinschaft GbR
- Idea generator overall concept
- Theo Peter, BauZEIT Netzwerk GmbH www.bauzeit-netzwerk.de
- Beer Bembé Dellinger Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH, Anne Beer, Felix Bembé, Sebastian Dellinger, Greifenberg www.bbdarch.de
- December 2016
- Usable area
- 7.400 m2
How can we create density without a sense of confinement? How can open floorplans be compatible with traditional forms of construction? How can a whole residential area with four existing buildings and a new lodging building be integrated into the town? How can we create affordable residential space near the center? The Garmisch joint building venture has succeeded in doing that in the middle of a high-priced tourism area. Modern single-family and semi-detached buildings fit in organically with local existing structures; the new lodging building of the quartier shields the ensemble from the thoroughfare. The green is used communally and creates privacy. The traditional gable forms and the compactness of the entire development underline that it belongs to Garmisch’s historical center.
View of the residential buildings with a sightline to the church
Through new construction in the area, it was possible to create a mixed-use development from scratch: offices, workshops, and a manufacture share the square with residential units, the renovated villa of the quartier and its lodges. Things could have been different, because originally, a larger hotel complex had been planned for the empty plot around the demolished hospital. Instead, the project “Altes Garmisch, neu gelebt” was chosen for its quality and vision in terms of urban planning. The town council mandated that the entire area had to be bought, including the four existing buildings. A stroke of good fortune, because now it was possible to design the entire square as a unified whole.
Site plan of the area measuring almost one hectare
Without risking peace and privacy, a denser than usual development was possible: on a little less than a hectare, a total of 27 residential units could be realized, despite the quartier and existing buildings. Especially for a site in town in a rural area, the overall project is considered to be exemplary. The plot is located precisely on the sightline between the church spire and the Zugspitze, therefore it is on the one hand both at the intersection of village center and mountain landscape, and on the other hand between thoroughfare and pedestrian zone. The transition is gradual because the new buildings on the one hand quote traditional forms, and on the other hand have similar measurements throughout. The reorganization is oriented on the density, mixed use, and construction form of the old village center.
Overview of the buildings
- preserved old building
- New residential buildings
- Communal garden
- The quartier (lodging)
- Access to underground parking
Model photograph of the residential buildings
Perspective drawing of the residential buildings
Existing buildings were preserved, the townscape was sensitively complemented, sustainable buildings were realized, and affordable living space was created at the town center. Committed work at the local level and participatory structures, together with high design and technical standards, have have led to a convincing solution between alpine-traditional and sustainable modern. Historic structures were combined with modern wood construction into something new and larger: nothing less than a vibrant, livable, and sustainable residential area with a forward-looking lodging establishment.
The project has been awarded several times 1st Prize for Building Culture of the Munich Metropolitan Region 2018 Winner Heinze Architects AWARD 2018 Prize winner HolzbauPlus 2018 Winner Wessobrunner Architecture Award 2018 Winner DETAIL Award 2018 Online Voting Winner DAM Award Nomination 2018 Nomination German Timber Construction Award 2018 Award Holzbaupreis Bayern 2019 BDA Award Bavaria 2019