Route to revival
: redeveloping the secluded site of an abandoned train shed in the North of Kassel

  • E. Chochanova

Student thesis: Master


The project focuses on the redevelopment of an industrial site of a particular character... The "Gleisdreieck", as it is called, is a wye located in the midst of a dense railway network in the North part of the city of Kassel, Germany. Due to its geographical and infrastructural secluded-ness there is no possibility for reintegration within the city fabric. On one hand that is precisely what contributes to its special character; it is virtually invisible due to the large amounts of vegetation in and around it. Yet, on the other hand the current access fails to offer a pleasant, recreational welcome for neither pedestrians, nor bicyclists. In order to revive the Gleisdreieck area one needs to create some virtual connection with the city and more importantly a program that would trigger the inhabitants and tourists of Kassel to venture inside and explore the site. This could be achieved by creating an engaging and interesting program combined with an inviting route, while utilizing the potential of the wild vegetation already present to create a post-industrial park. The new design for Gleisdreieck involves the introduction of a recreational biking route to the site using an abandoned railroad track and the addition of required facilities within the existing structural context in order to accommodate the new flexible functions on site. Both design components reflect on the growing need to reuse former industrial sites whose close proximity to city centres makes them vulnerable for deconstructive processes. The aim of the project is to illustrate how the true potential of one such site could be realized through adaptive reuse, rehabilitating it while at the same time preserving its historical importance for future generations.
Date of Award31 Oct 2013
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorA.H.J. Bosman (Supervisor 1), Wouter Hilhorst (Supervisor 2) & B. Driessen (Supervisor 2)

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