ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION


URBAN CONSTRUCTION CONCEPT COMPETITION IN ACCORDANCE WITH RPW 2013

KAESER Kompressoren SE is planning a futuristic public EV charging installation at its company HQ alongside the A73 motorway near Coburg. Its goal is to create an attraction for the city and its surroundings. A charging station that unites the mobility infrastructure of the future with a uniquely restful quality that takes advantage of its proximity to the local Goldbergsee lakeside recreational area.

The vision for the project is to create a new kind of destination combining function, wellbeing and visitor experience. Integrating pioneering architecture, innovative services and functionality, and attractive landscaping, the aim is to transform charging time into quality time. The concept is built on the image of the KAESER brand, which defines itself as a meld of efficiency and emotion.

In taking this competitive approach to realising its ambitions, KAESER has upheld its commitment to excellence in design and functionality. The competitive procedure was intended to uncover the best response to an ambitious question from a range of designs built on different ideas and approaches. The brief was kept deliberately open, as both individually covered charging points and a wholly roofed installation were possible options. 

All eight architectural practices that were invited to enter the competition in partnership with landscape architects submitted their proposals before the deadline for the preliminary studies. Chair Prof. Martin Haas convened the jury in a private session on Friday, 20 October 2023 to select the winning design.

FACTS

Project details:
Realisation competition with urban planning ideas section in accordance with RPW 2013

Jury decision:
20 October 2023

Procedure methodology:
Non-public competition with eight invited participants

Sponsor / Client:
KAESER Kompressoren SE, Coburg

 

Competition management:
SCHIRMER Architekten + Stadtplaner GmbH, Würzburg
(l-r) Tina-Maria Vlantoussi-Kaeser, Alexander Jan Kaeser, Michael Hetterich, Peter Cosack, Prof. Martin Schirmer,
Prof. Gunther Benkert, Prof. Martin Haas, Nicole M. Meier, Werner Dittrich, Prof. Dr. Rainer Hirth.

RESULTS OF THE COM­PETITION