Fischer- von Kietzell Architekten, Bonn-Pützchen Germany, 2004
With an aging and shrinking population, German is ahead of most European countries in reducing welfare systems. Germany is developing a new welfare state in which people are more self-supporting. One of the solutions is creating small communities with a strong emphasis on intergenerational solidarity. In this housing project in Köln, housing for families, elderly and young people are mixed around a collective garden on the site of a former convent. Self-managed neighbourhood facilities are integrated.
The project consists of three parts: rowhouses for families, an new block with large apartments for elderly and smaller apartments in the transformed convent building. Al three buildings are grouped around a collective garden that is maintained by the inhabitants.