H City takes “urban landscape” as an invitation to seek inspiration from the majestic Himalayas and to create a metropolitan mountain range with roofscapes serving as recreation areas. Beyond the typical mixed-use development offerings, the roof gardens invite the public to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with various sports activities. Visitors enjoy a panoramic view from the mountain top restaurants – each one a destination of its own and accessible by interlinking cable cars. The “mountain lake” comprises of a glass floor to filter natural light into the atrium of the mall below. The residents have their dedicated roofscape – accessible form each floor.
Location Hyderabad, Pakistan
Size 384,767 m2
Scope Concept Design, Design Development (architecture)
In the wetlands between Shanghai, Suzhou and Jiaxing lies the city of Zhouzhuangzhen. Based on the historic infrastructure layout of the settlement, one of the world’s largest turn-key developers plans to expand and link all four cities together in a culturally and environmentally sustainable way.
Location Shanghai, China
Size 24 km2
Scope Consultancy, workshops
Erfurt Market Square
In order to improve the urban situation in the center of the historic city of Erfurt, a two-story underground parking for over one thousand cars freed the market square of the town from cars and regulated the city’s traffic in the extension of the plaza. The old square revitalized with pedestrian activities and markets with easy access to the central bus station and the underground parking. The project is considered to be an ecological and social benchmark for revitalization of historic urban centers in Germany.
Location Erfurt, Germany
Size 19,500 m2
Scope Competition, Master Plan, Traffic and Architectural Design, Tender, Design Management and Supervision
Project Leader Fischer for Gössler Architekten, with WES Landschaftsarchitekten
Al Shamkah Village
An orthogonal pattern with quasi-aperiodical character stretches over the entire site and provides an urban structure similar to organically grown settlements. With only six different building typologies arranged according to above pattern combined with minimal mutation, a cost effective development process could be achieved while a highly diverse living environment was created. The fractal approach of this affordable housing project allows an easy phasing of the urban settlement or a change in product mix.
The eight sixty-story towers create a welcoming formation on the initial twenty-five percent of the stem of Palm Jebel Ali and channel the view down the axis of the reclaimed development. A multi-level sky boulevard comprising of public areas and retail space not only connects the different towers but also creates an urban structure unseen before. The podium comprises of staggered town houses facing either the central park avenue or the water with the marina and its sculptural club house.