»Am Rotweg« cooperative neighbourhood

Rot is Stuttgart’s first post-war settlement, built to provide affordable housing for returning soldiers and displaced persons as quickly as possible after the Second World War. Nowadays, Rot is a quarter that has become somewhat dated. Looking at ways to reinvent and transform the neighbourhood involves more than just what buildings to build. It also raises questions about how to deal with the »legacy of Modernism« and what neighbourhood concepts to use for a society that is becoming more and more complex.

Two Stuttgart-based housing cooperatives want to take on this task in a way that is true to the tradition of cooperative-based residential construction. They want to bring together strong building culture qualities, experimental modes of construction as well as social and ecological aspects.

The heart of the project is the construction of the new »Am Rotweg« neighbourhood. The urban planning and open space design by ISSS research and urbanism, Berlin, and topografik paysagistes, Marseille, is being used in collaboration with two other offices (Studio VlayStreeruwitz, Vienna, and emt, Stuttgart) to create a diverse, sustainable neighbourhood with different housing floor plans that promote a sense of community as well as a shared infrastructure. In addition to between 250 and 280 apartments, the development will comprise commercial spaces, an inclusive childcare facility as well as housing earmarked for special purposes, such as for people with special needs. The new buildings are to have a local, sustainable energy supply. At the edge of the neighbourhood, the design provides for a mobility centre that combines vehicle sharing facilities, a bicycle workshop and a neighbourhood garage. There are also plans for an »IBA building hut« during the construction phase, where recyclable components of the existing buildings are to be made reusable for the new development.

The phase between demolition of the existing buildings and construction of the new buildings is to be used to gain new insights into housing and living together in the neighbourhood and make this knowledge available to other neighbourhoods dating from the 1950s and 1960s. This is the purpose of the project »Reallabor Wohnen – resilient und generationengerecht für Alle in Stuttgart-Rot« (Real-Life Housing Lab – resilient, intergenerational housing for everyone in Stuttgart-Rot), which is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Regional Development and Housing.  A ›lab stage‹ (›Laborbühne‹) has been built on site, and there will be full-scale model apartments, resulting in the creation of a small temporary neighbourhood. Together with the residents, various welfare organisations, social partners and stakeholders on site, the project initiators are thus creating a space for experimentation and action to discuss and try out ideas around the future of housing.

The Am Rotweg neighbourhood is emerging within the wider context of transforming the whole of Stuttgart-Rot.  »WohnquartierPlus« (WQ+), which provides for 24-hour continuity of care for the residents, will allow for the emergence of a neighbourhood with a strong community focus. In this way, a model quarter that caters for social diversity and different ways of living is to be created by the IBA presentation year 2027.

More information can be found on the project website


Martin Gebler
Neues Heim – Die Baugenossenschaft eG
Haldenrainstr.185, 70437 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 848 980 40 oder +49 711 848 980 0

Bernd Heinl
Baugenossenschaft Zuffenhausen eG (BGZ)
Tapachstraße 1, 70437 Stuttgart
Tel.: + 49 711 849 00 23

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