TRANSFORMATION OF THE FORMER CUSTOMS YARD AREAS IN STRASBOURG AND KEHL

Two countries, two cities, two sites - one river: Former Customs yard areas in Strasbourg and Kehl
The two cities of Strasbourg and Kehl meet at the border between France and Germany - separated and connected by the river Rhine. For many years, various planning processes have been underway here to develop the two cities along their riverbanks in a cooperative and connecting manner. Within the framework of the urban development project Deux Rives, various infrastructural and urban planning measures have already been implemented and are in the planning stage, which pursue the goal of developing the two banks in a cross-border manner. For example, the park Jardin des Deux Rives/Garten der zwei Ufer was completed in 2004 and the French-German tramway was inaugurated in 2017 as connecting element.

North of the new tramway bridge the brownfield site of the old customs yard areas, borders the Rhine from both sides. An urban planning competition was held here in 2013 and, based on the findings of the competition an urban framework plan was elaborated for the development of these areas. The urban planning departments of both cities are currently facing very specific questions about the uses and typologies with which the properties are to be further developed. Strasbourg is a large
French city, Kehl a small German town. Urban methodologies and rules are quite diverse yet they share a common goal.

BorderLess? (Re-)thinking typologies of private and public spaces, living and working, bridges and shores
At the same time, the realities of life have changed all over the world as a consequence of the pandemic. The boundaries between the digital and analog worlds, between private and public spaces have shifted. Using these two particular sites in two cities, in two countries, connected by water, we want to rethink boundaries (public-private, digital-analog) and develop typologies that respond to our changing realities of life. We want to ask ourselves how we can react typologically to these
changes, but also to the diverse usage demands of both cities. Based on analyses of building and housing typologies we want to develop architectural and urban solutions that communicate with each other across countries and formulate a shared urban space that respects distinctiveness and identities. Borders are to be negotiated and an assemblage of cultures is to be made possible.

Two studios in cooperation
The two sides of the riverbank will be worked on simultaneously in two studios. In the studio of Amelie Rost, the Zollhof area on the German side in the city of Kehl will be worked on. In the studio of Clément Blanchet the Zollhof area on the French side in the city of Strasbourg will be worked on. In joint presentations the solutions will be developed in a common dialogue.

A joint excursion is planned during the excursion week (two-three days, Costs of approx. 150€)