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Chapman Taylor wins 3ha Aachen regeneration job

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Chapman Taylor’s Düsseldorf studio has won an anonymous international competition for a new urban quarter in Aachen, Germany

Expected to start on site in 2018, the three hectare ‘Altstadtquartier Büchel’ project will be constructed immediately next to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site cathedral.

According to a statement from Chapman Taylor, the competition’s nine judges – comprising international architects, urban planners and politicians – unanimously selected the practice’s design.

The winning scheme – praised for its ‘thoughtful treatment of the surroundings and its potential to offer a new and strong identity for Aachen’ – will introduce new streets, public squares, housing, offices, retail and a kindergarten to the area.

Constructed by Emperor Charlemagne in the late eight century, Aachen Cathedral hosted the coronation of thirty German kings and twelve German queens between 936 and 1531.

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