- Krupp-Park Essen, urban redevelopment project by Andreas Kipar
Andreas Kipar and the projects he has designed with LAND srl in Italy over the last 25 years are the object of an exhibition at SpazioFMG in Milan, which will open with the vernissage on 11 November.
From the preliminary design back in 2006, through to 2013, when work was completed, Andreas Kipar was responsible for all the phases with regard to reviving an urban wasteland between the district of Altendorf and the centre of Essen, alongside the new Berthold-Beitz Boulevard and the ThyssenKrupp-Headquarters.
Krupp-Park was designed by Kipar’s German firm, kiparlandschaftsarchitekten, not just as a green lung for the community, providing leisure facilities like basketball courts, football fields, a skatepark, and a 9,000-square-metre lake, but also with specific ecological functions. This includes feeding the lake with runoff from the ThyssenKrupp Headquarters because past coal mining caused the water table to rise, meaning it needs to be carefully monitored.
In building the park the land underwent lots of transformations, creating the “Five Hills” parkland that harmoniously engages with the large regional bike path, built on a disused railway track.
Andreas Kipar gives us a great example of how redeveloping disused brownfields can meet urban planning needs and community demands, and provide new, multipurpose green spaces.
Project: KLA kiparlandschaftsarchitekten
Principal Designers: Andreas Kipar
Location: Essen, Germany
Photography: KLA kiparlandschaftsarchitekten GmbH | ThyssenKrupp AG (aerial view) | Andreas Teichmann (sculpture LAND)
Related links: http://www.floornature.com/blog/corporate-architecture-thyssen-krupp-headquarterandnbsp-7631/