Bachelorthesis :: Perspective Mainz


Perspective Mainz.

The Holzstraße location of the university Mainz will be abandoned in the foreseeable future. The courses, work rooms and workshops currently located in the inner city will be moved to the new Campus location, and the ensemble “Holzstraße” is looking for a new purpose. The topic of the Bachelor thesis in the winter semester 2015/16 was: How could the Holzstraße location be transformed into a centre for refugees? The task was to produce a design with reference to the location and size of the ensemble that can also be used by residents and citizens of Mainz, i.e. accessible to the public. Use and design should consider the requirements of both residents and supporters. Yet, it could offer additional space for other players in order to make the project  art of the urban society. It is about imaginable, possible and, of course, also utopian approaches of spatial design in an urban and intercultural context

Framework Programme
Liz Koch
Students and refugees are looking for affordable and attractive housing. Hereby, they frequently have to do without common or even individual rooms. The existing structure of the building accommodates both public and private rooms. The structural division is integrated in the design of the “frame.” The concept of “frames” that are to be filled is intended to show residents the possibilities for common use; they offer room for individuality but also determine structures where necessary.

Hella Vohrmann
Hella Vohrmann developed a concept for a self-governing housing project for both refugees and citizens of Mainz for the future empty space on Holzstraße. The centrepiece is communication. Within the lined-up residential buildings the stairs merge into a sculpture. Framed by the pillars of the broken corridor walls, a space-defining element has been developed. In the vertical centre of the building, a small bridge connects the intermediate landings that stretch over along the whole length, thus creating space for meetings. The residents can see each other or walk on the same trails.

Hella Vohrmann’s Bachelor Thesis was awarded the Gutenberg Stipendium 2016.

Schnittstelle (interface)
Lisa Nows
How do exchange and networking develop? How can young refugees realise their desire to give the city something back or to build lives for themselves? With regard to the issue of “urban housing,” integrated flat-sharing communities of students and refugees have promoted real networking. The concept involves both the possibilities of living and working together under one roof and establishing projects and start-ups. The foyer as a core interface is an open zone for networking that implicitly fosters exchanges between residents and the world outside.

winter term 2015/16
supervised by: Prof. Andreas Kaiser und Prof. Markus Pretnar

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