A new residential district with many green spaces is being created on the inner-city site of the former Maria Hilf Hospital. Urban Agency, an architecture firm from Copenhagen, together with Karres + Brands and urbanization.dk was the winner of a public urban development competition for the 4.4-hectare site.
The winning design is based on an urban development featuring several terraces and viewpoints oriented towards the south and a blend of buildings and landscaping. The district is connected to the old city by Aachener Straße, a traffic-calmed street, with squares and rows of trees creating a transition between the two areas. Barrier-free paths meander over the slope across the site.
The Danish architecture firm sees Mönchengladbach as a hilly city and has proposed a design with many interlocking blocks covering the slope into the old city. Gardens with trees supplement the courtyards, some of which allow public access. Finally, the area is connected to the Alter Markt (old marketplace) by the traffic-calmed Sandradstraße.
This design lays the foundation for the development of the area. Individual plots are to be assigned to investors. The partially listed historic building on Sandradstraße is to be preserved. The planners have included this in their design.
Take a virtual tour of the Maria Hilf Terraces (spoken text German only).