grounddo business, do research and develop, create a life and recreation – in one place. Bad Vilbeler Quellenpark is creating a new type of office city. Town planners speak of the largest district of innovation in Europe, where 6,500 people live and work. These days, the development work of the big project has started. The Cesa group, based in Berlin, wants to invest around 800 million euros via a subsidiary. In about five years, according to the initiator of the project, the project developer Bad Homburg, Joerg-Peter Schultheis, everything should be ready.
The first step is to lay cables and build roads, which should be done by mid-2020. In early 2021, the first buildings must be elevated. In the current state – the building permit is still expected – investors can not yet start to market, According to Schultheis but there is a list of about 2000 interested parties. Among them are many startup companies, but also larger companies, especially in the technology sector.
Work, live, have fun
The neighborhood is expected to be around 90,000 square meters. It is located in the center of Quellen Park, between B 3, Main-Weser-Bahn and Homburger Straße. For buildings, a floor area of more than 240,000 square meters is mentioned. It is therefore necessary to fill in a single piece a large fault in the huge development area of Quellenpark, the north-western periphery. According to Mayor Thomas Stöhr (CDU), the city also hopes that the neighborhood will have a positive impact beyond Bad Vilbel and that the city will benefit from jobs and a wide range of offers. According to councilor Klaus Minkel (CDU), responsible for the project in charge of the municipality, the construction of Smart City, as described by the promoters and planners of the district, is also lucrative for the city. 40 million euros.
The goal is to create an intelligently networked neighborhood, for example, with data recovery from anywhere and at any time, that meets the demands of temporal and spatial flexibility in the world of work, they say. At the same time, it should give accents to settlement structures and combine work, life, leisure and recreation. Even the accents of urban planning should be defined. Thus, the set of seven differently designed and environmentally friendly buildings should not have corners, but oval and round shapes should dominate.
Little traffic wanted
In the direction of the railway, the multi-storey building in the center becomes flatter and opens onto a kind of landscaped park that connects the new neighborhood to residential buildings. With regard to sustainability, for example, it is expected that photovoltaic systems installed in buildings generate around 20% of the energy demand. Smart City should hear without traffic. Near the B3, the main access road to the Rhine-Main region, organizers are planning a 1,800-seat parking lot, where a car-sharing station with electric cars could be installed. There is also an underground car park under the central district square.
Otherwise, the roads are largely driven around the office park. The neighborhood itself is better accessible by bike or on foot. If you come to the office by bike, there are possibilities to park everywhere, there should be about 1500 places.
Impulses for work
The design lists seven buildings of different design, called themed domes. All employees must find rooms that meet their needs and tasks. The Future Dome, for example, should provide inspiration for new ideas, by combining the technical equipment corresponding to an unusual interior layout. In the Dome of Action, solidarity is paramount, not only to give impetus to work, but also to joint sports activities, it is said.
In the different domes, residents and staff must relax and be creative in different ways. The Welcome Dome is intended to be the first point of contact for the Smart City, where visitors are welcomed and new employees assigned to their offices. However, there are not enough fixed premises, but companies must look for their jobs as they wish.
Houses should be open every day of the day. In addition to a 300-bed hotel, there are also about 1,000 service apartments, where business employees can move to neighborhoods that wish to stay for a few weeks or months. But even those who want to settle permanently in the smart city of Bad Vilbeler should take the course. It is planned to create about 350 apartments.