Opportunities in the quarter

”Sustainable development of the quarter“ – is this just a fad of urban ­development, a necessary evil, or does the phrase conceal opportunities for improvement? In Stuttgart, the design of urban quarters is seen as an opportunity to adopt qualified, concerted measures to actively contribute towards real change. The phrase describes the framework in which the city centre is newly formed, block for block, without changing its original broad contours. For instance, the fashion and lifestyle corporation Breuninger is planning on re-interpreting the Karlsplatz quarter in the city centre as a square lively with bars and cafés. The large-scale Dorotheen Quartier project will enhance the area ­between the Marktplatz and Schlossplatz with high-end retail stores, restaurants, residential units and offices. The entire capital investment will be more than 200 million euros. The more prominent inner-city location in the Bülow area provides space for modern shops and restaurants as well as exclusive office space with its own underground ­garage.

”Think K“ on the Killesberg is only a stone´s throw away from the ­legendary Weissenhof Estate built for an exhibition in Stuttgart in 1927. In an ab­solutely prime location, a quarter has arisen that offers top quality, sustaina­bility and a delicately adjusted mixed-use ensemble at the highest architectu­ral ­level. Caleido at the Österreichischer Platz also has its own individual signa­­tu­re. A new office and business complex is being developed to accommodate ­offices, stores, restaurants and residential units on 14,100 m2 at the site of the former headquarters of the wgv insurance company. The CityGate Stuttgart, impressive in its imposing sculptural architecture, is flanked on three sides by main city arteries.