MVRDV, in partnership with housing developers Traumhaus, offer a response to the current state of modern-day suburbia and the village as part of the redevelopment of former US Army barracks in Mannheim, Germany. The 27,000m2 residential project breaks apart the standard housing model and redefines suburban living through giving residents the affordable suburban lifestyle, with individuality, diversity and community spirit.
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Program: 27,000m2 residential masterplan
MVRDV partnered with Traumhaus, a housing producer which focuses on low-cost high-quality homes based on standardised elements, to design 27,000m2 of housing, gardens and public spaces. The scheme is situated in Funari, one of five districts in a major re-development of the Benjamin Franklin barracks in Mannheim. The new village is a catalogue of dwelling and garden typologies, a huge set of variations on Traumhaus’ original design, each designed to support a different type of household and demographic. The collaboration combines tradition with extravaganza, experience with experimentation, quality with quantity, sharing the ideal of variety and social access with innovation and realisation. Through encouraging a range of different inhabitants to live in the area MVRDV hopes to transform the modern idea of village life with segregated households, into a richly diverse community where individuality and quality of life are paramount.
Boundaries disappear between the surrounding park and the fully pedestrianised ‘village’. The green spaces dissipate into a network of paths through and around the site, which opens out into sports parks or themed eco-environments such as fruit alleys or butterfly gardens. Each household also has a unique private garden whose typologies vary much in the same way as the houses, handpicked by the residents to provide the outdoor living that suits them; whether it be for the children to run around or for growing vegetables. These gardens though are really just an extension of the park which permeates through the site.
Whether it be students or the elderly; individualists or large families, MVRDV’s design
Despite the pedestrianisation of the scheme, residents will have no issues accessing their properties by car because of the subterranean parking situated underneath the entire scheme. This enables the ground level to remain safe, green and family friendly. Residents are however encouraged to use the tram line which runs adjacent to the development. Access for emergency vehicles
Principal-in-charge: Winy Maas
Partner: Jeroen Zuidgeest
Design Team: Markus Nagler with Johannes Pilz, Christine Sohar, Philipp Kramer and Paul Dolick
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco and Matteo Artico
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)