Peninsula Wasserstadt is ambitious. The city of Hannover and Wasserstadt-Limmer GmbH & Co. KG initiated a competition for the largest urban development project in Hannover. A new, green neighbourhood that is car-free, healthy, sustainable, climate conscious and innovative and provides a framework for community, economy, development and integration. In total three international teams participated. The design of the docklands in the Southern part of the site is allocated to the team of Burton Hamfelt, LOLA Landscape Architects, UP+ and SHP.
The landscape activates the riverbanks with a continuous park and promenade, which allows people to have wide views over the water and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Two big parks are planned, one central park with open spaces and wet meadows between the two residential areas, and a second one at the tip of the peninsula with a lookout hill where the waterways meet. The large green areas are climate-adaptive, biodiverse and reduce the effects of heat stress and heavy rainfall.
The historical building structure from the former Continental Tires factory forms the basis of the urban setting, it links to the identity. We create three different neighbourhoods connected by the landscape: the Urban Quarter, the Green Quarter and the Docklands. They have distinct characteristics and a variety of housing types. There’s even place reserved for a special way of living in an area with tiny houses. The entire development is focused on enhancing walking, cycling and public transport and is therefore planned to be largely car-free. Motorized traffic is organized with three central collective garages.