Starting point has been a defragmented old city district with the aim to rebuild its typical structure with in-ner court yards and passageways. The new Händelhaus-Karree presents itself as a building complex of four quadrants with shed roofed houses along the edges and cubical houses at the centre of the block, the former of which sets a well scaled transition to the historic context.

Project Data:

Building Owner: Frankonia Eurobau AG
1st Prize Implementation competition 1997


Recognition, Deutscher Städtebaupreis, 2004
1st Prize, DIFA Award, Quartiere im städtischen Kontext, 2002

Each quadrant is to be understood as an independent building of individual purpose: at the heart of the square is the Händel-Garten, surrounded by the chamber music hall of the Händelhaus, the Institute and the Library of Music of the Martin Luther University, as well as a Protestant University of Applied Science, a restaurant, offices and flats. Small paths, leading towards the inner spaces, set accents within the block development. That way, the building block attains its structure of public and semi-public areas.