Living on the Altmühl riverside

Behnisch Architekten, München

 

Located idyllically at the bank of the river Altmühl in Eichstätt, the multistory building complex with its terraced balconies sets new standards of urban building. The complex is structured in two building sections that blend in well in the scale of the "Spitalstadt" development site. Their central location close to the station, the urban building reference to the Willibaldsburg castle in the west and the panoramic views to the historic residential city as well as the monastery all contribute to the outstanding settings for superior living and working. 

The clearly defined building lines and edges of buildings facing the city bound the streetscape. Closer to the river the buildings dissolve into a scenery of balconies and terraces. The barrier-free residential units are staggered in vertical as well as in horizontal direction and are also stepped in order to provide views to the river and to ensure favorable orientation towards the sun. Additionally, bright materials used for balconies and terraces permit daylight to penetrate deeply into the interior spaces. Along the street the ground floor is dedicated to commercial uses and includes rooms of the university. A public walkway cuts across a planted, light-filled inner courtyard and leads through the building to the river. From here the public uses situated at the ground-floor level as well as the apartments can be accessed. The complex accomodates a total of 50 residential units, with sizes ranging from 45 sq m and 120 sq m and with a wide range of different floorplans, such as front-to-rear apartments, corner or duplex apartments as well as apartments that are accessed by balconies. What all apartments share is that each one has access to the exterior.

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