Structural Concept Schmelz Diddeleng, Luxembourg, 2009
The municipality Dudelange is planning to develop a new urban quarter for living and working in the southern region of the city on a former steelworks site. In order to procure a suitable land use and structure concept, a cooperative process was carried out during which tenders were invited for an international urban planning competition. The urban planning concept envisions a campus situated in the southern region of the city for art, culture and media technology which, in the future, is to form the heart of the new "creative quarter". It will be developed in various phases and is foreseen to create development impulses for its bordering urban areas. Specifically located in the spatial intersection of the larger valley areas and within the immediate catchment area of the Schmelz train station, the campus will act as a lively center for culture, working and living. Through a specific open space planning approach the expansive linear footprint, formed by its historic industrial uses, is to remain occupied and will be updated for the purpose of abundant urban networking and orientation. Sustained by the water factor, a linear spatial continuum (structured in several modules) winds along the entire extent of the valley, creating highly attractive addresses as well as logical spatial connections to the historic core of Düdelingen.