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Foster unveils Aurelis masterplan in Germany

Foster + Partners has unveiled its Aurelis masterplan for Duisburg in the Ruhr region of Germany

The project will regenerate a 36 hectare site close to the city centre with a major new commercial and residential hub, extending the practice’s existing masterplan for Duisburg’s centre and inner harbour.

The development at the Alter Guterbahnhof, close to Duisburg’s arterial road network and the main railway station, is just 10 minutes train journey from Dusseldorf airport.

It is bounded by a motorway on one side and railway lines on the other. Currently, access to the site is restricted to the northern and southern points, so the masterplan will reinstate a lateral connection to the adjacent residential neighbourhoods by raising the former railway tracks currently buried under the landscape.

The plan is designed to accommodate 10,000 people, with the area closest to the station urban and dense, with the outer edge of the buildings forming a protective shell, insulating the development from the nearby road and trains.

Stefan Behling, a senior partner at Foster + Partners, said: ‘The Aurelis masterplan represents the next step in the reinvention of Duisburg as a modern, attractive place to live and work by injecting life into this long-neglected island at the city’s heart. Foster + Partners’ masterplan is conceived to create a thriving new business community, while also attracting families and residents of all ages to the area to enjoy the park, shops and cafes.’

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