Willy-Brandt-Platz and the central bus terminal, Erfurt

City salon

Concept

The guests enter the salon, the large hall, the reception room. They encounter charm and a southern flair, both a calm and animated ambience. Welcome to Erfurt.

Everyone is welcome – here in this well-proportioned, open, urban space, which thrives on the quality of its historic facades and the numerous cafés, restaurants and stores set along the edge of the space.

The ground covering gleams a little, like parquet flooring, while three large chandeliers are suspended above the “hall”, which is enclosed unobtrusively on one side by long, reduced benches. Interpreted in a contemporary way, the Willy-Brandt-Platz can now be perceived as a large city stage.

Above the rotunda of water basins, which at the same time represent the pedestrian entrance to the underground carpark, the square is linked to the bus terminal, which has also been redesigned. This is also incorporated into the spatial-aesthetic quality of the Willy-Brandt square: A floating “Mikado” made of trimmed sycamores and long glass sections marks both the edges of the space and the transitions and also serves as a filter. Below this, the square remains open, spacious and easy to grasp.

Client

Engineering Department of the state capital Erfurt EVAG I SWE Stadtwerke Erfurt GmbH

Project period

1999 - 2009

Size

19.500 m²

Type

Public spaces & squares

Location

Germany

Competition

1. Prize, 1999

Realisation

WES & Partner

Partners

Gössler Kinz Kerber Kreienbaum Architekten BDA GbR, Hamburg

Photos

Jörn Hustedt (4,6)
Jürgen Voss (1,2,5)
Gerhard Zwickert (7,8)

Project pictures

WES-Bahnhofsumfeld-Erfurt-07-Wasserbecken-Rotunde-Foto-Joern-Hustedt

Awards

 

Publications

 

Shared 1. Prize

Bahnhof des Jahres 2009

Allianz pro Schiene

Erfurt

Station environment

with Gössler Kinz Kerber Kreienbaum Architekten

Recognition

Renault traffic design award 2002

Renault Deutschland AG, Federal Ministry of Transport +
Federal Chamber of Architects, Germany

Erfurt

Station environment

with Gössler Kinz Kerber Kreienbaum Architekten

Lecture

Bahnhofsplätze: Beispiele zu Nutzungs- und Gestaltungs-
möglichkeiten

City of Duisburg, 2013

Speaker: Wolfgang Betz

Station environment
Erfurt

Project presentation

Book

Urban Spaces

Braun Publishing (CH), 2012

Chris van Uffelen (Hrsg.)

Station environment
Erfurt

Project presentation