New development of an inner-city shopping mall after competition — Deutschhofstraße 19, 74072 Heilbronn, Germany — 13,000 m² — 2008 — ECE Projektmanagement GmbH. & Co. KG
Architects plan a „visiting card“ for Heilbronn
The architects of blocher partners vitalized the inner-city location of Heilbronn with the ECE-Stadtgalerie. The new construction of the mall emerged in the heart of Heilbronn, located between ancient and modern buildings, with direct access to the pedestrian zone.
A cubic building with its straight and hard edge and the rounded edifice with a curved and soft façade melt into another and are well integrated in the existing town-space. Highlighting the independence of the buildings is achieved in particular through the façade concept. Large dark grey fibre concrete panels stand for the rigorous part along the façade of Kaufhof. Backlit light-slits are crossing the wall area in an erratic way and thereby open the building alignment in an optical way. To this, the architects connected the arched green façade which was produced with extraordinary precision. The copper covers the arched building over two levels and glows as an apparent floating shell: depending on the view, the metal structure changes, interesting effects arise. The softened bulk of the new construction integrates itself in a smooth way into the surrounding building structure. A stepped storey with a filigree projecting roof marks the end of the arched building shell of this new building.
Generous glazed façades highlight the four entrances. The architectural spine of the Stadtgalerie enables a visible axis between pedestrian zone and the historic tower Götzenturm at the river Neckar. The connection of the ways is gathered by the inner structure.
The three-story shopping centre connects the various entrance levels and enables a suitable and flexible division of tenant areas. All floors are connected via escalators or lifts. A comfortable relaxing area and a children’s playground complete the offer. The shopping centre is equipped with modern light and climate technology. Natural materials - like wood and granite - and green spaces create a comfortable atmosphere.