“New Ludwigshöhe Quarter” in Darmstadt is recognized as an “Exemplary Building in the State of Hesse 2020”


Accepting the commendation for the team at AS+P and the commissioning authority: Stefanie Wladika, Project Partner at AS+P (left); Stefanie Michels, Urban Planning Office, Darmstadt City of Science (right), © AKH, photo: Christoph Rau

The “New Ludwigshöhe Quarter” in Darmstadt, a conversion site for 3,100 residents, has been awarded a commendation in the “District Planning and Urban Development” category of the “Exemplary Buildings in the State of Hesse” awards process. It is the only prize-winning project still in the planning stage.

On behalf of AS+P, Project Partner Stefanie Wladika joined Stefanie Michels from the City Planning Office, representing the commissioning authority “Darmstadt City of Science”, on Friday evening to accept the accolade from the State of Hesse and the Hesse Chamber of Architects and Urban Planners (AKH).

The interdisciplinary AS+P team with the urban, open-space, and traffic planners working under Jürgen Häpp, Associate Partner, and Stefanie Wladika were awarded the commission to develop an urban structural planning concept for the 34 hectares of the “New Ludwigshöhe Quarter” back in 2018. Previously, AS+P had emerged the winner of a Europe-wide restricted urban and landscape planning competition with its design for the site of the former Cambrai-Fritsch barracks and Jefferson complex.

Climate neutral – an early consideration and a goal

The Ludwigshöhe Quarter stands out for its “consistent use of sustainable principles”, according to the jury’s verdict, as well as for its claim “to also anchor the lofty goals in the coming implementation steps”. Part of this involves the various types of housing for different user groups, an attractive range of social infrastructure, traffic calming around the housing areas, and high-quality outdoor spaces. In addition, “very high objectives with regard to climate neutrality” are defined, which are anchored as stipulations in the coming planning steps, while a tramway should foster willingness to use public transport. Another special feature is the decentrally arranged garages for the quarter with e-carpooling to help limit traffic. This makes it possible to incorporate traffic-calmed areas and encourages walking and cycling.

Cultivating courage for the future

As a commended project, the “New Ludwigshöhe Quarter” that AS+P has planned in Darmstadt is among the best-practice examples that Brigitte Holz, President of the AKH and member of the jury, believes are “proof of sustainability in action” and “cultivate courage for the future”.

According to the organizers, these examples can also be considered “an initial interim balance for Hesse on the path towards sustainable planning and building”. The aim here is “to achieve climate protection goals and a consistent circular economy in the construction sector”. A jury of inter­national experts selected the 12 prize-winners from 21 shortlist nominations drawn from the total of 124 submissions.

About the awarding authority:

The award procedure for Exemplary Buildings in the State of Hesse – Award for Architecture and Urban Planning has been organized every three years jointly by the State of Hesse, represented by the Hesse Ministry of Finance, and the Hesse Chamber of Architects and Urban Planners. This year, the Exemplary Buildings awards are being presented for architecture and urban planning for the first time, since the transformation of cities can only succeed through the interaction of all disciplines. The award has been presented since 1954 and is among the oldest and most widely recognized architecture prizes in Germany.

About the project

Recognition in the award category “District Planning and Urban Development”: New Ludwigshöhe Quarter, Darmstadt

Living neighborhood © AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH

Award presentation by Dr. Martin J. Worms, State Secretary of the Hesse Ministry of Finance (center), and Brigitte Holz, President of AKH (right), moderation: Gertrudis Peters, Deputy Chief Executive of AKH (left), © AKH, photo: Christoph Rau