Altstadtquartier Büchel

Aachen, Germany
Studios involved:
Mixed Use

Key Facts

Chapman Taylor's International Urban Design Competition win in Aachen, Germany.

In November 2015, our studio in Germany was unanimously chosen to create a new quarter within the medieval town centre of Aachen. The quarter, known locally as Altstadtquartier Büchel, covers a 3ha site immediately adjacent to Aachen’s cathedral, one of the original 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The international urban design competition, sought to redesign the existing urban fabric and introduce new streets, public squares, housing, office, retail and a kindergarten to create a thriving new district. 

The nine judges for the competition made up of international architects, urban planners and politicians unanimously chose the Chapman Taylor design, praising it for the design of public spaces, the thoughtful treatment of the surroundings and its potential to offer a new and strong identity for Aachen. The jury’s report singled out the “good mix of uses, clear articulation and strong connections well beyond the immediate competition area”.

Work is due to commence in 2018.