Green center Quellenbusch

Quellenbusch, Düsseldorf, Germany


Investor selection process, 2013

District development


  • Residential units are complemented by meeting points for social interactions (Quartercafé), local supply and a workshop for adapted work to form a lively quarter
  • 30% of the residential units are publicly subsidized housing
  • Publicly available green area
  • Car-free quarter


  • Targeted use of non-hazardous materials
  • District heating: Minimization of the primary energy factor
  • Photovoltaic and solar thermal
  • Reduction of life cycle costs: low tech instead of high tech


  • Efficient rainwater management over a large proportion of unsealed area
  • Alignment of the building protects the interior from traffic noise
  • Efficient residential mix with high living space to the base area factor (0,79)
  • Connectable residential units with high reversibility of the housing mix


approx. 10.000 m²

Design team

Marc Böhnke, Mario Reale, Julian Konti, Hans Peter Lüngen, Christoph Nickel, Birthe Simon, Hanna Zwinge


Precondition for the development of this urban concept was the examination of the site in its urban context - especially with the realized but above all, with the future developments to be implemented from the survey map "Am Quellenbusch". Already realized and future buildings, green open spaces and the river Düssel are the conditions to be considered for the development of an urban structure. A series of design parameters have been called out that will define the project’s objectives and properties:

- Urban integration
- Orientation of the building, both in the urban context, as well as on the site
- Mass, density, size of the buildings and the added values of the open spaces
- Identity
- Economy, ecology and sustainability

With today and tomorrow‘s context different urban approaches have been investigated and compared to each other. On the background of the above-mentioned design parameters a final concept has been developed, corresponding in all regards to the requirements earlier mentioned.

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