Situated along one of Germany’s oldest pedestrian zones, the Linnenbauer Plaza in Herford required the combined efforts of local citizens, community clubs, politicians and civic staff to transform itself from a superfluous spatial remnant into a dynamic and attractive town square.
Starting in 2004, an intensive planning process was carried out including public participation and design workshops resulting in the 1st prize competition win. By May 2008, the happy conclusion was the opening event of the new Linnebauer Plaza. The lost stream the “Bowerre” and a mill have historically defined the character of the square. As if in quotation, a formal water feature revives this aspect of Herford’s past in a timeless design language.
A minimalised materials and form palette enscribes the space, in contrast to the heterogeneous materials of the surroundings and making it a calm counterpart to the dense urban setting. Careful space programming includes and responds to all the site users, allowing multi-generational users to coexist peacefully and connected. Custom-made benches, a climbing wall and play-ship envigorate the plaza and give it its own unmistakable identity. The water features are fed with site rainwater.
This project was carried out by Atelier Dreiseitl, now member of the Ramboll Group.