Heinzelmann Areal, Reutlingen, Germany

Heinzelmann Areal, Reutlingen, Germany

The former clothes factory Heinzelmann that used to be the centre of life and the source of livelihood for generations in the German city of Reutlingen, is today a cultural heritage site being transformed. By 2023 the area will become a sustainable mixed-use district with 87 homes, gastronomy, ateliers, office and co-working spaces.

An important part of Reutlingen since the late 1800’s – a key employer and a cultural reference in the collective identity of the city – the textile factory Heinzelmann had weathered several generations and societal changes by the time it was decommissioned in the 1980’s. The proposal by White Arkitekter focuses on restoring the area’s prominence by designing a vibrant and attractive neighborhood.

Client: Gieag Immobilien AG
Location: Reutlingen, Germany
Partners: Bicon GP
Project start/end: 2020-2023 (Competition 2019)
Total floor area: 16.000 sqm (including 4.000 sqm new built)
Housing: 66% / Commercial – mixed use 33%
Number of apartments: 87, Small apartments 50% / large apartments 50%
Car parking: 83
Bicycle parking: 150
Images: White Arkitekter with Taktics

The winning proposal from White Arkitekter both repurposes existing buildings with minimal alteration and adds two timber buildings – keeping history alive and restoring urban fabric.

Although the competition brief allowed for three buildings, the winning scheme proposes to build two new volumes in timber while using the site for a third building for a carefully planned public park that becomes the center piece of the new neighborhood.

We focused on giving the site its heart and soul back, honoring the past and translating it into a contemporary feel and a future, sustainable use. We’re delighted that the city acknowledged our vision
Max Zinnecker, Lead Architect

There is a Scandinavian design approach to the project as the public space is weighted with equal importance as the private and commercial program. The new neighborhood will have homes of different sizes, price ranges and for all phases of life, a varied street-level amenity that will breathe life into the public areas, both during the day and in the evenings.

A sustainable development – socially and ecologically

A thorough consultation of stakeholders in Reutlingen has revealed great interest by small businesses and organisations – many of which are active in the creative industries’ sector.

The commitment of Reutlingen’s civil society was very inspiring and it helped us to develop a strong side of the project: our proposal includes spaces for ateliers and co-working spaces besides the traditional amenities for restaurants and grocery stores, both of which have access to their own planting beds in the rooftop garden for fresh produce.

Marked as cultural heritage, the existing buildings origin from between 1890 and 1960.

Each building of the factory was built in the contemporary architecture of its time, it expressed the status of the factory as a cultural agent. It is now our job to add on to this ensemble with the next generation of architecture, which makes us very proud.
Max Zinnecker, Lead Architect

The area will be transformed and completed by two new timber buildings, setting the agenda for a CO2 neutral construction. The roofs of the two residential buildings will be equipped with solar cells as well as a public urban garden that will foster biodiversity.

A new bicycle garage with own access ramp will accommodate 150 bicycles (i.e. two per household) – a former car park in front of the entrance building will be replaced by a welcoming ‘Biergarten’.

Construction is expected to start in 2021 and is planned to be concluded by 2023.

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